BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
HONIARA Youth Council (HYC) has officially launched its official logo during the conclusion of a youth orientation workshop last week.
Amongst the youth councils across the provinces, HYC was the first youth-led organisation in Solomon Islands to have a logo and a legitimate body which is still active.
Official launching of HYC’s logo is described as a milestone achievement which signified collective ideas and strong support from partners and young people in Honiara.
HYC President Mr Harry James Olikwailafa in his remarks said for HYC to have its own logo marked another milestone of its journey to become recognised and gain visibility.
He said HYC is a legitimate official platform of young people in Honiara City, so having the logo will help its visibility and branding of their work to advocate for youths’ issues.
With the achievement, Olikwailafa acknowledged its partners saying HYC believe and value their collective supports which set as foundation for youth development work within Honiara.
HCC-Youth Development Officer, Mrs Mary Tuhaika said it’s about right time that HYC have its own logo for its identification and visibility among stakeholders and young people.
She said HYC having an official logo is important for portraying information to public that there is a legal entity which represents young people in Honiara.
Tuhaika said HCC was very happy to see the growth of HYC, from one man team; now they have a very vibrant board which are proactive with its activities.
She thanked the Queens Young Leadership Award through Comic Relief and through Oxfam Solomon Islands to engage with HYC and youths in Honiara.
At the event, community youth groups were excited and thrilled saying for HYC to have an official logo will be effective for campaign, awareness and advocacy activities to channel youth’s concern.
The logo was designed by Lemuel Steve Rauona, who is a president for CY and HYC executive member.
The event has convened Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Honiara City Council, DSE, representatives from New Zealand and community youth groups.
HYC acknowledged HCC-YD and DSE for facilitating the designer of the logo and other administration matters relate to the event.
The HYC is a youth governing body that represent the voice of young people in the Honiara City to provincial and national government.
It was formed in 2012 with support from the HCC-Youth Division, MWYCFA and other donor partners.