The first country youth team known as the Young Humanitarian Collective has been formed in Port Pirie.
They operate under the auspices of Australian Red Cross and aim to improve life for young people.
The idea was launched in Adelaide, through universities and schools and this is the first of the groups to set up in country South Australia.
So far the group comprises Jake Tilley, 18, a cleaner; Chloe McBride, 22, a waitress; and Chloe Murray, 16, a TAFE community services student.
More members are being sought in the enterprise which also involves Port Pirie-based Red Cross volunteer engagement officer Claire Magliulo.
Claire said the group would have a “self-organising” focus.
Jake said he hoped for more members to come forward to “get a movement going” through such events as barbecues and market stalls.
He said this would result in “service to the community powered by young people”.
It would overcome a “lack of interactivity in the community,” he said, and create more venues and activities.
Chloe McBride said the group would bring together the community.
“I want to help people establish a younger community,” she said.
She said drug use and unemployment were issues of concern for young people.
Chloe Murray said she wanted to work with young people to get them involved with Red Cross.
“I think mental health is another big issue,” she said.
Volunteer engagement officer Claire said the group was “very new” in the region “so we are looking at building our membership before we hold some events”.
“It is group of young leaders motivated to take action on humanitarian issues,” she said.
“The aim is to empower young people in Port Pirie to become leaders by increasing their capacity, capability and networks.
“The group will provide a space for young leaders to take action on issues that are important to them.
“Individuals who are part of the collective will look into local and global challenges and take action as a team to address these challenges locally within their capabilities.
“The group is interested in dealing with issues impacting young people in our region.
“It is looking at arranging events that will bring young people together to socialise, especially those who are not involved in sport or other recreational activities.”
Leaflets promoting the collective encourage young people to “think globally, act locally”.
Red Cross is at the forefront of humanitarian action as part of 190 national societies that make up the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement which has unparalleled reach.
It has a local, national and global footprint, uniting people to prevent and alleviate suffering.
“You have the opportunity to be part of this movement by becoming a Young Humanitarian,” says the leaflet.