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News from the Youth Coalition

2017/18 ACT BUDGET

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 15:00
The 2017-18 ACT Budget was delivered on Tuesday 6 June 2017 by ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer, Andrew Barr MLA. 
The Youth Coalition has developed a response to and analysis of the budget, which is now available online. 
We welcomed a number of positive initiatives included in the ACT Budget that the Youth Coalition has been calling for over the last few years. In particular, we commended the ACT Government for investing in youth mental health services and increasing investment in child protection and out of home care services.

Youth Coalition Snapshot

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:45
  • Met with Australia21 about youth employment and strategies for youth engagement
  • Attended a meeting of the Joint Community Government Reference Group
  • Appeared at the ACT Legislative Assembly's Budget Estimates Committee hearings and presented our response to the ACT Budget 2017-18
  • Presented to the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission on the findings of the At Odds Project Pilot
  • Hosted a Youth Worker Practice Network member session on Mental Health & Self Harm
  • Attended Youth Mental Health round table meeting with the Snow Foundation

YWPN Member Session: Mental health - Self Harm

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 14:30

The June 2017 Youth Worker Practice Network member session was focused on mental health, specifically around young people and self harm. Guest presenters from headspace Canberra and headspace Queanbeyan shared a range of information and resources. A summary of the session, the session powerpoint presentations, and a range of resources which youth workers can access are available via the links below.

Youth Coalition Snapshot

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 14:30
  • Attended Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training
  • Attended Community Development Peer Network Group Meeting
  • Attended the ACT Budget 2017-18 Briefing 
  • Attended the ACTCOSS Peaks Forum RE: ACT Budget 2017-18 
  • Attended the ACTCOSS Community Briefing RE: ACT Budget 2017-18
  • Hosted a Youth Housing Homelessness Forum​
  •  Hosted a meeting of the MYAN ACT Reference Group
  • Met with Education Directorate, Catholic Education and Independent Schools Association of the ACT about finalising the Student Voice in the ACT Project

Youth Coalition Snapshot

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 09:30
  • Attended meeting with Industry Strategy steering group
  • Attended meeting for Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre Training & Employment Committee
  • Met with Senior Operations Manager from CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
  • Held a Youth Worker Practice Network Member Session
  • Met with representative from Youth InterACT (Community Services Directorate) re-shared opportunities and future of National Youth Week in the ACT
  • Met with representative from Big hArt project re future work in the ACT

Forum Summary: Youth Employment: Supporting young people into employment & career development

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:00

In May, the Youth Coalition of the ACT hosted a general forum on Youth Employment. A number of factors are contributing to youth unemployment and underemployment, including a decline in entry-level job opportunities. In this environment, community services, industry bodies and businesses are finding innovative ways to support young people to gain employment and develop in their roles.

Youth Coalition Snapshot

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:30
  • Attended the Future of Education Symposium hosted by Minister for Education, Yvette Berry
  • Met with the Education Directorate to discuss the Student Resource Allocation Program
  • Attended a meeting of the ACT Shelter Executive Committee
  • Attended CYFSP Workforce Development and Training Sub-Committee meeting
  • Hosted a General Forum on Youth Employment
  • Met with ACTCOSS regarding future sector development work
  • Met with ACT Health regarding future youth-focussed projects


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