A RECORD number of the region's best and brightest have put themselves forward to represent youth.
The Youth Council are the ears and eyes of Tamworth Regional Council when it comes to engagement with young people and avoiding OK boomer-isms.
The first meeting was last night and mayor Col Murray said the leaders of tomorrow show a lot of promise.
"It was really good to hear what their aspirations were and why they chose to put themselves forward," he said.
"Issues like mental health are really real for them, as well as youth events and opportunities.
"For me one of the biggest benefits is actually the personal development that each of the members get out of the process in leadership and experience to bring forward the views of their peers."
The Youth Council meets monthly to discuss challenges, plan events and report back to TRC to make change.
Members come from Nundle to Tamworth, Barraba to Manilla and Moonbi to Kootingal and represent a wide cross-section of the community.
Councillors Juanita Wilson, Charles Impy and Russell Webb met with The Youth Council at their first meeting on Monday.
Members of The Youth Council serve a 12-month term and gain leadership, event management and advocacy skills that are a bonus on the resume when applying for future jobs.
The Youth Council includes students from Farrer Agricultural Memorial High School, Calrossy Anglican School, Peel High School, Tamworth High School, McCarthy Catholic College, Australian Christian College and Oxley High School.