Toowoomba young people, aged 12 to 21 are being encouraged to apply to be a part of an exciting new youth ambassador program.

Launched as part of National Youth Week celebrations, Member for Toowoomba North, Trevor Watts said applications were now open for the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program.

“This is a new program the Newman Government has introduced to showcase, celebrate and acknowledge young people who are working hard to reach their potential, as well as those who are inspiring or supporting other young people to do the same,” Mr Watts said. “We know there are already many young people in Toowoomba living the values and goals of the strategy and being excellent role models for their peers, family and community.

“We are looking for six of these exceptional young people to represent each of the Queensland Youth “The six areas of connection in the Queensland Youth Strategy are family, friends and social networks; education, training and employment; health and wellbeing; volunteering and participation; supports and services; and arts and culture.”

Member for Toowoomba South, John McVeigh said the Newman Government’s Queensland Youth Strategy outlined how the government would enable connections for young people.

“The Newman Government has a real plan to connect young people as outlined in the comprehensive Queensland Youth Strategy,” Mr McVeigh said. “This young ambassador’s program is the next step to bringing the government’s strategy to life.”

The six selected ambassadors will each receive a $1000 bursary for personal or professional development, and will be supported to attend a personal development workshop in Brisbane.

Applications close on Monday 2 June 2014.

For more information on the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors program, including details on how to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/youth.