REGION - Members of the Youth Action Council (YAC) have been very busy since the proactive group was formed earlier this year.
The YAC is anticipating a large gathering at the first of two FReeZA events scheduled for the next couple of months - Little Night Out in St Arnaud will be held tonight.
Tickets at the door cost $15 for a night of entertainment including Triple J Unearthed band IKARII's first album launch, Stawell's very own duo, Swift Revenge and X Factor's The Royce Twins.
Free buses will leave the Ararat train station (5pm), Great Western Milk Bar (5.45pm), Stawell Town Hall (6pm), Navarre Milk Bar (6.35pm) and Marnoo Milk Bar (7pm).
All buses will make a return trip when the event, which is being held at St Arnaud's McDonald Hall wraps-up at 11pm.
The second FReeZA funded event will be a twilight cinema in Stawell on Friday, November 22.
The YAC is currently out and about seeking sponsorships for the event with all businesses being encouraged to get behind the initiative. For more information contact Amy Rhodes 5358 8700.
Last month four YAC members (Jamie, Titian, Lily and Brad) attended the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria's Youth Reference Group's Untitled Summit in Melbourne.
The YAC members spent the entire day networking with other young people from across the state and providing input on topics including secondary education and youth wellbeing. Northern Grampians Shire Council's Youth and Community Development Officer Amy Rhodes said the ideas from the day will now be put into a paper to be presented to the Victorian Parliament.
"It was an excellent learning opportunity for the young people involved and we were very proud of their efforts on the day," she said.
"Everyone is learning a lot about event planning and we are making sure jobs are distributed equally amongst the group so that everyone gets a chance to have input."
The group will soon shift its focus to working on two other big projects - the Youth Strategy and The Green Room.
Ms Rhodes and one of the YAC members, Lauren, will travel to Sydney from November 6 - 10 on a fully funded trip to meet with the brains behind The Green Room (the group who originally came up with the project idea at Heywire in February 2013) and to attend the Foundation for Young Australian's Unleashed summit at the Sydney Opera House.
"This will be an excellent opportunity to flesh out ideas for The Green Room, network with other like minded young people and be inspired about what we can achieve!" Ms Rhodes said.
The trip is being funded by the Foundation for Young Australian's and the Carneggie Foundation.
The YAC has also enlisted the services of youth motivational speaker Nathan Hulls to come and facilitate another session on December 1. This session will allow the group to work on the Youth Strategy specifically.
Nathan led the group's first meeting in April and members were all very keen to have him visit again to assist them in putting the important document together.
The session which will be held in St Arnaud will be followed by a Christmas break up for the whole group.
To keep up to date with the youth group's movements you can 'like' them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ngyac.