As the peak body for youth affairs in the ACT, the Youth Coalition plays a key role in sector development. This work with community and government organisations and their staff to improve outcomes for young people, is supported by ACT Government and includes:
The Youth Coalition organises and hosts a monthly forum, which provides an opportunity for workers in the youth and community secor to network, share information, and hear from guest speakers on current and relevant topics and issues.
In 2014-15, 9 forums were held, with topics presented including:
- Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture
- Working with young people who have experienced trauma
- Disability Confidence and the NDIS
- Naming ceremony for the Youth Coalition's meetings rooms
- Healthy eating and young people
- Priorities and participation in 2015
- Trauma-informed practice: what does it mean for youth workers?
- Youth participation: have we got it right in the ACT?
- Youth mental health: what have we learned, and where to from here?
The YHHF seeks to provide a forum for housing and homelessness providers to improve their practice in supporting young people who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness in the ACT.
The MYAN ACT seeks to improve supports for multicultural young people, strengthen multicultural youth services in the ACT, strengthen connections between ‘mainstream’ and multicultural youth services, and raise the profile of multicultural youth issues in the ACT. In 2014-15 the MYAN work included the ongoing development of a cultural competency resource bank.
A worker targeted resource which summarises key information, upcoming activities and events, training and professional development opportunities, new resources relating to young people and the youth sector in the ACT.
A bimonthly calendar that outlines training and professional development opportunities for workers across the youth, mental health, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug sectors, this project is delivered in partnership with the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT & the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association
Workforce Development Advocacy
Includes research projects and participation in the Children, Youth, and Family Services Workforce Development Sub Committee
Monthly bus tours which visit a variety of services in the ACT from the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD), mental health (MH) and youth sectors. The aim of the bus tour is to increase the capacity of frontline workers to support people experiencing co occurring ATOD and MH issues (comorbidity). This project is delivered in partnership with the Mental Health Community Coalition of the ACT & the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Association;
A network of community based youth workers, school based youth workers, frontline workers, case managers and those that have direct contact and support roles with young people.
These awards recognise and celebrate excellence in youth work, and are held in December each year.