Campaspe Shire and Campaspe Cohuna LLEN hosted a Stakeholder Consultation on 9 December, which enabled local service providers, schools and industry to join together and discuss some of the key issues emerging locally from the Voice of Our Youth consultation, and identify opportunities to work together to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people.
Topics discussed focussed on the feedback that has been collected through the youth consultation process, including bullying, uniform, flexibility and choice in curriculum and delivery, access to mental health and other outreach services and the need to feel respected and valued as individuals.
The consultation also looked at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats across our Shire, with a common notable strength being the presence and effectiveness of partnerships between schools, services and community.
The lack of accessible transport and timetabling of VLine services from small communities to major centres was highlighted, along with the lack of youth-focussed and outreach services, funding and capacity and the negative perception of VCAL.
Identified opportunities include offering varied learning modalities, vertical streaming where learning is based on needs rather than age, the confirmation of a headspace service in the area, outreach services and engagement between young people and industry.
The Voice of our Youth consultation will continue until the 20 December, with the opportunity for a lucky young participant to win $500 for themselves, and $500 for a school, simply by completing the online survey at www.voiceofouryouth.com.au.
The full report will be available in February next year.