Youth Plan

 
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The Town of Victoria Park has developed a draft Youth Plan with a vision of ‘all young people who live or visit the Town of Victoria Park feel safe, connected, and have opportunities to contribute and thrive’.

Over 500 young people, as well as parents and caregivers and community organisations took part in the engagement that informed the Youth Plan. The Town aims to continue to work with young people and the community to deliver on the vision and actions contained within the plan.

Young people or youth refers to people aged 12 to 25 years that live, work, volunteer, study and/or recreate in the Town of Victoria Park.

What is happening now

We’re now after your feedback on the draft Youth Plan, as well as your suggestions for what we should call the new Plan.

A $100 Coles Myer Group voucher will be awarded to the person who suggests the winning name.

View the draft, share your comments and/or your idea for a name via Your Thoughts or by completing a hardcopy submission form available at the Town's Library or Administration Building by Friday 2 July 2021.

Why is the Town developing a Youth Plan?

The Town is developing a three-year Youth Plan with the intent of providing a framework and coordinated approach to the development of young people in our community. We're seeking a more complete understanding of the needs, experiences and aspirations of young people in the Town with the aim of better identifying and taking action on areas of improvement and opportunity.

The development of the Plan involves multiple stages of community consultation in both face-to-face and online forms. We aim to hear from and gain input into the Plan from young people, their parents and caregivers and the organisations that support them in the community.

How can young people get involved?

Young people have been involved in every step of the development of the Youth Plan.

Youth Peer Researcher Group We recruited young people to help us speak to as many young people as possible. The youth peer researchers, aged 16 to 25, helped us design the Youth Survey, and actively surveyed young people aged 12-25 years to gain their feedback. The youth peer researchers were provided training and were paid for their participation in the project.

Youth Survey The Youth Survey has helped us understand how young people experience their lives in the Town, the challenges they face and their aspirations for the future. The findings of the Youth Survey are being used to create the Youth Plan. The survey closed on Sunday 21 March.

Young Changemaker Workshop The Town held a Changemaker Workshop to empower young people to take the first steps to becoming changemakers and advocates in the community. At the Changemaker Workshop young people aged 12-25 undertook a mini-masterclass, met young leaders who have made a change in their local communities, and got a first look at the Youth Plan to have a say in how it comes to life. The workshop took place on Thursday 15 April.

The Town engaged the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) to help develop the Youth Plan. YACWA is the State's peak body for youth affairs and is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of youth participation best practice. To this end, YACWA have employed Youth Consultants to run the youth consultations.

Public comment Young people can now comment on the draft Plan. The draft Plan can be viewed and feedback provided by completing a submission form online via Your Thoughts or in-person at the Town's Library or Administration Building.

How can parents and caregivers get involved?

There are several ways parents and caregivers have and can contribute to the Youth Plan.

Parents and Caregivers Survey The Parents and Caregivers survey was for parents and caregivers of young people aged 12 to 25 who live, study, work, volunteer or recreate in the Town of Victoria Park. Participants were asked questions about what they think is important for young people in their care and where they see opportunities for the Town. The survey closed on Sunday 14 March.

Parents and Caregivers Workshop A workshop was offered to provide participants with an opportunity to view and provide feedback on the Plan's draft strategies and actions, developed through the engagement process. Note, due to low registrations, the workshop was cancelled.

Public comment Parents and caregivers can now comment on the draft Plan. The draft Plan can be viewed and feedback provided by completing a submission form online via Your Thoughts or in-person at the Town's Library or Administration Building. 

How can community organisations get involved?

Community organisations have and can contributed to the Youth Plan in a number of ways.

Hosting a workshop for young people at your service The project team visited services and organisations that work with young people to run workshops with them. All workshops are now complete.

One-on-one interviews From 1st February to 15th March the project team held one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders to input their ideas into the Plan.

Public comment Community organisations can now comment on the draft Plan. The draft Plan can be viewed and feedback provided by completing a submission form online via Your Thoughts or in-person at the Town's Library or Administration Building.

Public comment and naming competition

How can I provide my feedback?

The Town is inviting the community to view and provide feedback on the draft Youth Plan. You can view the draft Plan and complete an online submission form via Your Thoughts. Alternatively, both a copy of the draft Plan and hardcopy submission forms are available at the Town's Library and Administration Building.

The public comment period is open from Friday 18 June - Friday 2 July.

How can I enter the naming competition?

The Town is seeking suggestions for what we should call the new Youth Plan. We didn't think 'Launchpad' or 'Future Leaders' was that inspiring, so we are turning to the community for help.

Your can provide your suggestion for the name using the same submission form to provide feedback on the draft Plan.

A $100 Coles Group and Myer gift card will be awarded to the person who suggests the winning name, which will then be used to name the Plan.

The naming competition is open from Friday 18 June - Friday 2 July.

Further competition terms and conditions can be found here.