Mark has worked with Cockburn youth for half his young life

Cockburn Youth Centre will commemorate its 10th birthday this September and to help celebrate, we’re sharing some of its many success stories.

Mark Armandi was a 14-year-old Lakeland Senior High School student when he became involved with the City of Cockburn’s Youth Advisory Collective (YAC), a volunteer group of young people aged 12-24 years who live, work or study in the City of Cockburn.

When the Centre opened in 2008, YAC began meeting at the new Success address, to help organise local festivals and events.

Mark volunteered with YAC for 10 years before leaving in 2014 when he turned 25.

“YAC gave me the opportunity to raise my voice for local young people at networking events, school forums and council meetings,” Mark said.

“It gave me the opportunity to be involved in local events such as FROSH, Coogee Beach Challenge and battle of the bands.

“It put me in contact with like-minded people and in later years I developed the desire to help younger crew find their voice and get better at expressing what they wanted in their community.”

Keen to continue working with local youth, Mark successfully applied for the position of bookings officer at the Centre in 2015, later becoming involved in running programs for local youth.

“I’m very happy in my current position. I work with an awesome team with a wealth of knowledge around me. I learn something new every day,” Mark said.

WHAT: Celebrate the youth centre's 10th birthday at a party with a 2008 theme
WHERE: Cockburn Youth Centre, 25 Wentworth Parade, Success
WHEN: 6-9pm, Thursday 20 September
WHO: Locals aged 10-17
FREE ACTIVITIES: Photo booth, DJ, Basketball WA streetball comp, retro video games, food & drinks, birthday cake.

For more information about YAC, visit the City of Cockburn website.

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