Youth

Overview

Young person in trainers  

Are you a young person living in Launceston? Why not join in on some great initiatives aimed at supporting and sharing your ideas?

Read more in the above sections and if you have any questions or want to get involved, contact our Youth Development Officer:

Claudia Garwood
Phone: (03) 6323 3219
Email: Claudia.Garwood@launceston.tas.gov.au

Launceston Youth Advisory Group (YAG)

Founded in 1997, YAG promotes the contributions young people make to their municipality and the broader community.

YAG is made up of members aged 12-25 years and its primary role is to act as a consultative and communicative link between the City of Launceston and young people.

YAG objectives:

  • To create a consultative link between young people and the Launceston City Council by providing a mechanism for feedback and promoting communication;
  • To voice the opinions and views of youth in the community;
  • To create an active interest amongst young people in the local affairs of the municipality;
  • To create and foster a sense of civic pride among the youth of the municipality;
  • To provide young people with the opportunity to participate in and achieve an understanding of the operations of Local Government;
  • To action, where appropriate, issues of importance and priority to young people;
  • To ensure that young people are involved in their community's economic and social development; and
  • To positively promote youth within the municipality, especially in regards to the potential value which the community can gain from youth input.

Membership
If you want to know more or join YAG, contact our Youth Development Officer.

Meetings
YAG gets together on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5pm in the Town Hall Committee Room. Transport to and from meetings can be arranged.

SEED

Student Executive Equity Development (SEED) is a leadership program run by the City of Launceston's Youth Advisory Group (YAG) that aims to support innovative student council projects.

Student councils from eligible schools are invited to apply for annual SEED funding of up to $500 to help get their project up and running.

The project must suit the selection criteria and once chosen, the successful student council will be able to work independently or with YAG on their project. There's even the chance for a project to be presented to Aldermen.

One Student Executive Committee project and one Student Representative Council project will be selected for funding each year by a YAG panel.

The next funding round will be in 2017, so please watch this space for updates.

Eligible Schools
Every high school and college in the Launceston municipality is eligible to apply for SEED funding.

Selection Criteria

-     Applicants must demonstrate the benefit to their identified community, together with strong 
      budgetary and project management skills.
-     Applications must be signed by the relevant SEC and SRC representative and the school principal 
      to confirm support for the project.
-     Members of YAG will assess the applications and approve the successful projects for funding.  
      The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Contact our Youth Development Officer for more information.

Youth Framework

The Youth Engagement Framework aims to provide a strategic approach to the City of Launceston’s youth engagement in order to ensure that young people’s diverse views, experiences and needs are valued and incorporated into our strategic planning. This in turn will ensure that young people are at the centre of the policies, strategies, services and activities that are developed for them.

Six goals of the Framework outline its intention to include, support and connect a diverse group of young people around Launceston.

Click here to view and download the Youth Engagement Framework.

Contact our Youth Development Officer for more information. 

Youth Week

As part of celebrations for National Youth Week, City of Launceston, the Youth Advisory Group and members for the Northern Youth Coordinating Committee are opening a pop up venue called YELL! (Youth Events in a Little Location) from April 1-8 2017.

Located at 70A Brisbane Street (opposite MOJO Music), YELL! is a celebration of young people's creative passions with different activities happening each day of National Youth Week. Each activity is youth-led and is accessible to young people by running on weekends and after school hours. 

YELL! is an opportunity for young people in Launceston to showcase their creative abilities, local small enterprise and leadership skills in order to provide a fun and interesting experience in Launceston. 

In addition to the pop up venue, a Youth Busker Competition with guest judges will run in the Quadrant Mall as part of City Prom's Crazy Day Sales entertainment on Saturday April 1.

 

YELL! Program

Saturday 1 April
 (Coinciding with Cityprom's Crazy Day Sales)
Youth Makers Market 
9am-1pm 

Featuring:
Love Jamin Creations
Celeste's hand-made crafts
J'n'K Designs Tasmania
The Succy Gardener
Miss Emenjane 
Syeh Apparel
Hair Braiding and Henna Tattooing by Migrant Resource Centre Youth Action Network

Telstra's Youth Busking Competition by City Prom held on Quadrant Mall Busker stage 
11-2pm

Monday 3 April 
Official launch featuring DRUMBEAT on Quadrant Mall Busker Stage, Youth Art Exhibition by Launceston College Students + Canvas display of Karinya Young Mums 'N' Bubs
4-6pm

Tuesday 4 April
Virtual Reality Gaming by National Joblink 
2:30-5pm

Wednesday 5 April 
So you think you can start a business? Young Entrepreneur Workshop by Van Diemen Project 
3:30-5pm

Friday 7 April
Video Live Stream National Youth Week Forum by City Mission and Scotch Oakburn

Saturday 8 April
Metal Minds Robotics Demonstration 
9:30am-1pm