Traditional council engagement can cause young people to switch off. With so many big issues affecting our future, it’s now more important than ever that youth are involved in local decision-making. So, when Hauraki District Council approached YANZ to inject a burst of youthful creativity into their 10 Year Plan project called ‘Alice in Our Place’, we jumped at the chance to be involved!
YANZ is all about making things more accessible for young people, and bringing in creativity is a key part of engaging youth perspectives. Collaborating with talented young musician and composer, Matthew Beardsworth, we created a magical online soundtrack for the Alice in Our Place online consultation experience. This gave Matt a paid opportunity to develop his composition skills, working towards a professional brief and building his portfolio. Additionally, the chance to create a more accessible version of Hauraki District Council’s long term plan for young audiences made this a holistically impactful project.