VIEWS: 5 PAGES: 6 CATEGORY: Business POSTED ON: 4/18/2010
Leading the Government's vision for Victoria's young people Office ...
Office for Youth Office for Youth Leading the Government’s vision for Victoria’s young people Message from The Office the Minister for Youth The information in this brochure The Office for Youth leads the outlines the role of the Office for Government’s commitment to Youth in supporting young people. working with the diverse groups of Victoria’s young people, and the With nearly one million Victorians aged communities and organisations in between 12 and 25, the Victorian which they are involved. Government is committed to harnessing the huge range of knowledge and The Office for Youth is part of skills of our young Victorians. the Department for Victorian Communities. Our role is to advocate Young people are telling us about the for young people as vital and active issues that are important to them in community members. their region – such as transport, employment and education – and The Office is responsible for policy we’re working across Government advice, research and strategic and in partnership with community planning in relation to Government organisations, employers, local policies, programs and service government and young people, delivery for Victorians aged 12 to 25. to ensure that these issues are It is also responsible for providing actually addressed. a range of means by which young people’s opinions can reach and I’m keen to continue our strong be considered by Government. connections with young people through the provision of various Specifically, we aim to be: programs and services – for • the Government’s knowledge base instance, the interactive website on young people and the issues www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au; affecting them; expanded Regional Youth Affairs • the Government’s leading advocate Networks; stronger youth mentoring; on its vision for young people; youth consultation forums that form a significant part of Community • the leading developer of strategies Cabinet; and our partnerships with that support young people’s peak youth advocacy networks. community participation; • the facilitator enabling young I’m pleased to join the Office in people to effectively communicate providing opportunities for young with Government. people to enjoy being part of inclusive and active communities and I invite you to contribute to strengthening outcomes for young Victorians. JACINTA ALLAN MP Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs How we achieve our goals Strengthening Advance is a school-based program that provides practical opportunities communities through for students to work in partnership youth participation with community organisations on The Government recognises that the projects that contribute to building participation of a diverse range of their community. Working in teams, young people in society encourages young people are provided with community connectedness and challenging programs that develop promotes the unique perspectives communication and project and needs of young people. management skills. Through involvement in the program, schools, Through our grants programs, the young people and community Office for Youth seeks to expand organisations develop networks young people’s opportunities for of relationships while achieving participation in their communities. shared goals. National Youth Week is an annual, FReeZA supports young people week-long celebration of young aged 12 to 25 to run drug and people held across Australia. It alcohol-free live music and cultural showcases young people’s talents, events for other young people. Each contributions and achievements year more than 160,000 young through events that focus on music, Victorians attend FReeZA gigs, sport, the arts, culture and current where young people are involved issues; and gives young people the in creating and running the event. opportunity to become involved in FReeZA also supports young artists their communities. The Government to perform to audiences of peers in provides funding to local government, their local communities. schools, community groups and service clubs across Victoria to FReeZACentral builds on the support events organised by young successful FReeZA program and people for young people. supports young people to learn more about the career opportunities that exist within the music industry. FReeZACentral offers accredited industry training and experience in all aspects of the music industry, and includes workshops, mentoring and an annual Victorian state music tour organised by young people. Engaging young people Issues to advocate on behalf of young people, gather ideas and The Office for Youth operates as a opinions about the issues affecting model for youth participation within young people and inform Government. It achieves this by: Government; • appointing a youth consultant on • providing leadership in initiating the team, to advise on and drive programs and events that provide youth participation initiatives; young people with a voice to • appointing youth advisory panels Government. on key projects including the Taking Young People Seriously is a assessment of public tenders and series of three practical handbooks grant applications; published by the Office for Youth and • engaging young people as trainers the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria. for staff learning forums. They provide valuable advice and Regional Youth Affairs Networks information to Government, community provide information and advice to organisations and young people Government regarding youth policy about inspiring and achieving youth and programs from a regional participation in the community. perspective. They comprise local To order your free copies call youth sector professionals, community Information Victoria on 1300 366 356 members and representatives from or visit www.youth.vic.gov.au Government. They promote young or www.yacvic.org.au people’s contributions to the community and strategically engage www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au allows young people through contemporary young Victorians to get involved in consultation. The Department's Youth their communities by using the Liaison Officers support the work of Internet to access information and the 15 Regional Youth Affairs Networks. contribute their opinions. A dedicated youth website developed by the Office Youth consultations run by the Office in partnership with the Department’s are purposeful, relevant and inclusive. Employment Programs, it provides Broadly, the consultations occur in easy access to information on training three ways through various programs and employment, and to other and activities by: relevant Government information • assisting communities to talk and services. The site facilitates to each other, for example by open communication between young supporting Regional Youth Affairs people and Government and informs Networks and youth forums during Government of issues identified by Community Cabinet; young people. • funding other agencies such as the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and the Centre for Multicultural Youth Supporting young people People and outlines future directions for the following 12 months. to remain connected to community networks The Office leads whole-of-government policy development on youth issues The Youth Participation and Access by providing advice to the Minister for Program provides grants to support Employment and Youth Affairs, and and assist young people to develop the Government, on issues affecting confidence and self-esteem, to young people in Victoria. develop connections within their local communities, and to participate The Office joins key representatives in and contribute to community life. from Government departments The program funds a range of to develop strategic advice on community and local government whole-of-government policy issues organisations to deliver services such that affect young people. For example, as information and referral, skills the Office leads and co-ordinates the building and mediation. Government's implementation of mentoring for young people. The Office for Youth supports the Informing, influencing and involvement of the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs in the shaping government policy Federal Government’s Ministerial Respect: The Government's Vision Council on Education, Employment, for Young People is the Victorian Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA). Government's strategic framework for The Office for Youth is a member of youth policy and program development. the MCEETYA Youth Taskforce. It outlines the Government's vision for The Office for Youth provides funding enhancing the lives of young people to two advisory bodies in the youth in Victoria and the issues that the sector. The Youth Affairs Council Government will be focusing on to of Victoria is the peak body and achieve that vision. leading advocate group on young The framework has been developed people’s issues in Victoria and it by the Office for Youth in conjunction provides youth affairs policy advice with all Government departments and and commentary. The Centre for the Office is a leading advocate to Multicultural Youth Issues aims to progress the Government’s vision for enhance life opportunities for young young people. people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It also provides Each year the Government publishes policy advice and commentary on a report that outlines its progress issues affecting migrant and refugee in implementing Respect: The young people. Government’s Vision for Young Contacting the Office for Youth www.youth.vic.gov.au Telephone: (03) 9208 3200 Facsimile: (03) 9208 3226 Level 8 1 Spring Street Melbourne GPO Box 2392V Melbourne VIC 3001
Pages to are hidden for
"Leading the Government's vision for Victoria's young people Office "Please download to view full document