Youth Plan

 
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The Town of Victoria Park is developing a Youth Plan. The goal of this Plan is to better understand the needs and aspirations of young people in our community and identify areas of improvement and opportunity over the next three years.

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

The development of the Youth Plan involves consultation with young people, parents and caregivers and the wider community. Visit Your Thoughts to learn more, keep in the loop with the progress of the Plan and get involved in the consultation.

The Town has 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.

Why is the Town developing a Youth Plan?

The Town has begun the process of developing a three-year Youth Plan with the intent of providing a framework and coordinated approach to the inclusion and development of young people in our community. We're seeking a more complete understanding of the needs, experiences and aspirations of the young people of Victoria Park 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 are being involved in every step of the development of the Youth Plan.

Youth Peer Researcher Group We want to speak to as many young people as possible, so we have recruited youth peer researchers to help us. The youth peer researchers, aged 16 to 25, have helped us design the survey for young people, and are now actively surveying young people aged 12-25 years. The youth peer researchers are paid roles, and all training is provided.

Youth Survey The Youth Survey will be used to 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 will be used to create the Youth Plan, and the strategies and actions within it. Survey participants can also elect to join the draw to win a $50 Coles/Myer voucher. The survey closed on Sunday 21 March.

Young Changemaker Workshop The Town aims 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 will level-up their changemaking skills with a mini-masterclass on becoming a youth advocate and leader, meet young leaders already making a difference as well as like minded peers, and get a first look at the Youth Plan to have a say in how it comes to life. The workshop is taking place on Thursday 15 April, and bookings can be made here.

The Town has 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 also employed a casual Youth Consultant to run the youth consultations.

How can parents and caregivers get involved?

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

Parents and Caregivers Survey The Parents and Caregivers survey is 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 The workshop is an opportunity for participants to view and provide feedback on the Plan's draft strategies and actions, developed through the engagement process. The workshop is being held on Saturday 10 April via Zoom, so participants can attend from the comfort of their own home. Note, due to low registrations, the workshop has been cancelled.

The draft Plan will also be made available for comment prior to being finalised. Visit Your Thoughts to keep informed of the progress of the Plan.

How can community organisations get involved?

Community organisations have 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 (phone or video-conference). From 1st February to 15th March the project team held one on one interviews with key stakeholders to input their ideas into the Plan.

The draft Plan will also be made available for comment prior to being finalised. Visit Your Thoughts to keep informed of the progress of the Plan.