Hayden is on the board
HAYDEN Doolan has a full year ahead juggling the pressures of Year 12 as well as his new role as a board member of the Youth Action and Policy Association of NSW.
The Kyogle High School student rep- resents youth from the North Coast on the board of the organisation and is keen to ensure their voice is heard.
The association is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW.
The organisation develops policy positions and submissions to government on key youth issues.
Mr Doolan went to Sydney last week for his first board meeting.
"I want to see a future for the kids on the North Coast and I want to get a voice for them," Mr Doolan said.
He was particularly concerned about drug and alcohol abuse among his peers and keen to see those issues addressed through the association.
Youth Action and Policy Association chief Rey Reodica said Mr Doolan brought an "enthusiasm for effecting change", to the organisation.
He said Mr Doolan had joined the policy development subcommittee of the organisation's board which will this year focus on mental health, homelessness and alcohol and other drug abuse.
"Hayden's perspective will be really vital in the information and policy statements we will develop in those areas and he will provide us with a good insight into how those issues are playing out on the North Coast for young people," Mr Reodica said.