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Nanjing Night Net

HEADING THE YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: BrenellaAbdel-Rehim.

AN inspiring young woman fromLithgow has been appointed Chair ofthe 2016 NSW Youth Advisory Councilfollowing an extensive process thatsaw more than 300 people agedbetween 12 and 24 apply for the positions.

Ms Brenella Abdel-Rehim will participatein a key body advising theNSW Government on issues and policiesconcerning young people, havingbeen a member of the Council in2015.

Brenella grew up in the BlueMountains, and is currently enteringher second year of university atUNSW, studying a Bachelor of SocialWork and a Bachelor of Criminologyand Criminal Justice.

Brenella and the 11 other Councilmembers came together for their firstmeeting for 2016 at the weekend.

“The 2015 Youth Advisory Councilhad some very positive outcomes, Iam looking forward to building onthem with the 2016 Council membersand continuing to ensure the voicesof children and young people inregional areas are considered by governmentwhen making key decisionsthat affect their lives,” Brenella said.

Minister responsible for Youth JohnAjaka welcomed the new members ofthe Council.

“The new members of the NSWYouth Advisory Council are extraordinaryindividuals who are keen tomake a difference and I congratulatethem on their appointment,” MrAjaka said.

“It’s exciting to see so many youngpeople interested in representingtheir peers’ views when it comes topolicies and issues that impact childrenand young adults.

“I look forward to listening to andworking with these outstandingyoung people throughout the year,”he said.

NSW Advocate for Children andYoung People Andrew Johnson saidthe Council will bring diverse experiencesto the table to make sure a widerange of young people’s voices areheard when it comes to policy makingin NSW.

“It’s fantastic to see the NSWGovernment taking the views of childrenand young people seriously –and so many young people having asay.”

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