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Young People‟s Plan 2009-2014

The ACT Young People‟s Plan 2004-2008 was implemented in 2004, it
expressed the ACT Government‟s commitment to young people and provided a
whole-of-Government policy framework for all young people.

A new Young People‟s Plan 2009-2014 has been developed that aims to build
on the commitment of the ACT Young People‟s Plan 2004-2008, which was to
strengthen opportunities for all young people in the ACT, through the four key
directions of Participation, Access, Transitions and Support.

Extensive consultation with nearly 600 young people across the ACT was
undertaken to ensure that the new „Plan‟ is reflective of young peoples needs, this
was done through surveys and forums. The out comes of these were backed up by
evidence based research.

From this consultation process the following five key priority areas have been
identified to be addressed in the ACT Young People‟s Plan 2009-2014:

   1.   Health, Wellbeing and Support;
   2.   Families and Communities;
   3.   Participation and Access;
   4.   Transitions and Pathways; and
   5.   Environment and Sustainability.

The Draft Young People‟s Plan 2009-2014 was developed based on these key
priorities and released for final public comment on the 27 August 2009. Closing
date for final comments was 8 October.

The Final Young People‟s Plan 2009-2014 will be released in early
December 2009. It will be available at

A copy of the draft „Plan‟ can also be found at FYI.
SunSmart Competition 2009

The Cancer Council Australia invites young people aged 12 - 17 to enter their
SunSmart Competition. Young people can send in a text (story or poem), picture or
video, that conveys Cancer Council SunSmart messages about protecting your skin
in Summer.

All entries must include all five of the key SunSmart messages: slip, slop, slap, seek
and slide. Entries can be real or pretend, funny or thoughtful, and set in any
location. Click here for more information.

The competition closes on 6 November 2009.

Anti-Poverty Week Competition
Marymead Child and Family Centre and the Children and Young People
Commissioner are organising a competition to invite children and young people to
be involved with Anti Poverty Week 2009. All young people have to do is tell
them, in 25 words or less, what poverty means to them. The most inspiring answer
wins an iPod, with runners up receiving one of ten official signed Canberra Capitals
Entries (including the young person's name, age and phone number) can be sent to
Marymead at PO Box 4260, Narrabundah, ACT, 2604; or Entries are due by 30 October 2009.

Warehouse Circus now has FIRE CIRCUS Classes. For people aged 14+ you can
learn to Fire Spin, Fire Twirl, Fire Juggle, Fire Poi, Fire Hoop and much more.

You can learn in a safe, friendly and non-competitive environment. Warehouse
Circus has its very own Fire licence system, which means you will become proficient
with a piece of apparatus before you lite it. Making it safe for you and those
around you!

Enrol Now for the Hottest Circus Class In Town! (The pun had to be made!)
02 6260 3626
Is Your High Getting you Low? Campaign

Highsnlows has launched the fourth and final animated film in their campaign
series, which aims to support young people using cannabis and experiencing mental
health issues. The aim of this film is to encourage young people to talk to someone
they can trust if they are having problems, and is supported by a factsheet. The
highsnlows website also includes an anonymous and professional question and
answer service, a safe space for visitor to share stories and experiences, information
about cannabis and mental health, and a searchable database of youth-friendly
health services.

Click here for more information.

Gambling - What Do You Think?
Australian Youth Forum (AYF), Australian Government

The AYF is an Australian Government initiative that provides ongoing
communication and engagement between the Government, young people and the
youth sector. The AYF provides young people with opportunities to be actively
involved in the decision-making processes of Government. In this form, the AYF
would like to hear young people's experiences with and views on gambling.

Click here for more information.
Workshops and Programs



Register now for 351 Camp Sydney, 16th – 18th January, 2010

“351 Camp is a great opportunity to develop your skills, learn about the music
industry and be around other inspiring people. I can‟t recommend it highly enough.
All the tutors are amazing, beautiful people. If you love Hip-Hop, then get to the
351 Camp. You‟ll love it”

Maya Jupiter – Triple J, Channel V & MMAD Ambassador

Imagine spending three days learning from some of the most well known and
respected people from the music industry. Imagine being in a place where
everyone listens to what you have to say through your art and where everyone
respects you as a person. Imagine growing more in three days than you have
grown in the entire year. Imagine taking massive steps closer to knowing your
future and living your dream…
351 (three days, five elements, one shot) allows you to acknowledge your
strengths, sharpen your skills and to put plan to your unique talent. The
positive & inspirational environment created by the MMAD Crew empowers you
with the confidence and tools necessary to discover your talent and dreams to your
full capacity. Boasting intensive, interactive and highly entertaining workshops and
activities, 351 is an opportunity to get away and get good at being you!

More information

For more information call 02) 4322 5350 or email or Early Bird rates end November 18, 2009

 351 2010 “The Next Generation” will provide direction for young people
 to become leaders, with a focus on passion, purpose & planet. Musicians
                     Making A Difference (MMAD)
Oaktree Foundation

Are you interested in make a real difference in the world? Do you want to get
professional experience working in an international aid and development
organisation? Do you want to meet other young driven individuals seeking to make
the world a better place?

The Oaktree Foundation is a youth-run organisation with a vision of mobilising a
generation of young people in support of making poverty history and directly
improving access to education in developing countries.

Schools 4 Schools is an initiative of the Oaktree Foundation. The program aims to
connect students in Australia with their peers in South Africa in an effort to forge
partnerships to create change through education in a way that is sustainable.

As the National Schools 4 Schools Operations Manager, you will be right amidst of
this fast paced environment. This position offers the opportunity of growth and
development in key areas such as leadership and project management skills, and
the experience of working with some of Australia`s most gifted and driven youth is
a rare opportunity.

This role requires a minimum of 15 hours per week.

To apply, please submit your resume/CV along with a cover letter describing your
interest and skill set to: Zac Griffith-Jones, the Schools 4 Schools HR Coordinator, at by 23rd October 2009.

For further information including position descriptions and selection criteria, please
contact Jessica Middleby-Clements, National Director of Schools 4 Schools,
Surveys, polls and forums

This month's Poll is on voting age.

Vote at

Seeking research participants aged 14 to 17.

Seeking young participants to complete a short questionnaire (approx 15 minutes).
The questionnaire explores young people‟s ideas about the format and design of a
mental health promotion workshop.


Please pass this link on to any one you know who may be interested.


INSIGHT wants to talk about intelligence: Do you have a high IQ? How has it
helped or hindered you? Do you know what your IQ is? Have you ever tried to
improve your intelligence? Do you have an average IQ but still have had a
successful career? And do you believe you can make yourself smarter?

Email with your story.

Butterfly and Inspire Foundation Eating Disorders Survey
If you‟re 25 years or under and want to do something to tackle the growing number
of body image and eating issues in Australian guys and girls, then take 15 minutes
now to complete the National Eating Disorders Collaboration Youth Survey.

The survey has been funded by the Australian Government, under the banner of
the National Eating Disorders Collaboration. The results of the survey will be used to
shape recommendations to the government on how we can best prevent and treat
eating disorders in young people.

Further information available on ReachOut:
2010/11 Community Funding Round

Preliminary Notice of Opening
Applications for funding will open Saturday 7 November 2009

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 25 January 2010

Funding for organisations to achieve positive health outcomes
The 2010/11 Community Funding Round will be open to community-based
groups, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies. The 2010-11
Community Funding Round aims to support activities related to the promotion of
good health in general and the prevention of chronic disease including the
development of partnerships that strengthen the capacity of individuals and
communities to make healthy choices. The funding round also aims to build the
capability of organisations to adopt health promotion principles and practices and
deliver a range of health promotion strategies.
The Community Funding Round calls for projects that place an emphasis on ACT
Health‟s key priorities. These include: physical activity, healthy nutrition, smoking
reduction, chronic disease prevention, mental health promotion and environmental
sustainability and health. The funding guidelines will be applied flexibly to project
applications received from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Please note the following changes to the 2010/11 Community Funding
Round include:

§    The timing of the round has changed. It will open earlier this year in
November instead of January;
§    The application form has been simplified and shortened and;
§    High value projects will be required to allocate at least 10% of their total
budget to an evaluation of the project.
Please note the change of opening date is for this round only in the ACT
Health Promotion Grants Program.

Applications forms will be available from the ACT Health Promotion Grants
Program website at from 7 November 2009.
Australia's Leading Film & TV School for Actors
Auditioning NOW for our 2010 intakes!

Screenwise 2 Year part-time Intensive program and 12 month show reel Course
Costs for these programs are all inclusive of tuition, Showreel Shoot on location,
Graduation Showcase, actor's showreel DVD and production costs. Students cover
all facets of film and television drama, sitcom, comedy, presenting, auditions,
characterisation, and additional dialogue replacement (ADR), US Dialect and
Chroma Key (Green Screen).

All Screenwise tutors contracted for these courses are prominent industry working
Actors, Directors and Casting Consultants and it is due to these tutors, their expertise
and authority, and the fact that Screenwise Students are exposed to them on an
intimately regular basis providing rare networking opportunities, is the reason that
Screenwise is Australia's leading film and television school for actors.

Entry is by audition only. Please ring Sam in the office on 9281 4484 for audition
booking details. For more information visit

„Creating Connections‟

The 2nd National Siblings Australia „Creating Connections‟ conference will be held in
Adelaide the 19-20 November 2009. Siblings Australia celebrates its 10th
anniversary in 2009, and over that time has developed a national and
international reputation for its work with families and providers in supporting
siblings of people with special needs.

Siblings of children with a disability or chronic illness have been shown to be at risk
for a number of mental health problems. A 2008 Australian Institute for Family
Studies showed that parents of children with a disability have higher rates of
depression as do the other children in the family, ie the siblings. In addition, siblings
often grow up in a single parent family and also need to cope with the demands of
the child with a disability. The Siblings Australia mission is a simple yet powerful
one: “Siblings: Acknowledged, Connected, Resilient.”

Siblings Australia acknowledges and recognises the needs of siblings; connects them
with other siblings and people who can provide support, and explores ways to
develop their resilience. With the theme of „Creating Connections‟, the conference
will provide an ideal opportunity for delegates to connect and explore the ways in
which we work with and support children and families affected by disability, chronic
illness and mental illness. Families and professionals will be able to share experiences;
learn about the latest research developments and consider the future of sibling
support programs.

The conference themes, program and registration can all be found on the
conference website at