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

Applications for SEED funding during 2018 are now closed.

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 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.

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. 

Important dates
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Applications open 11 June 2018
-     Applications close 5pm Monday 6 August 2018
-     Successful applicants will be notified by 22 August 2018
-     Projects must be finalised by 14 December 2018
-     Project outcomes must be reported to the Council by 14 December 2018

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.

View our Youth Engagement Framework(PDF, 6MB).

Contact our Youth Development Officer for more information. 

Youth Week

Youth Week Tasmania 2018 is an annual celebration of young Tasmanians aged 12-25 that recognises and celebrates their contribution to communities, education and the workforce.

This year the Tasmanian Government supported Youth Week by funding 2018 Youth Week grants in Tasmania so organisations can host events that foster youth engagement.

Youth Week is held during the 2018 April school holidays from 13 - 22 April. City of Launceston has supported Youth Week through involvement and sponsorship of events, and prepared a useful Calendar of Events which lists over 10 events and activities happening  in Launceston during Youth Week.

The majority of these are free or affordable for young people and their families to enjoy.

Click on the image below to see the full program.

Resilient Youth Australia

The City of Launceston started their working relationship with Resilient Youth Australia in 2015 after their formal deputation to council with a commitment to improving the well-being of young Australians through their evidence based Resilience Survey.

The 99 question online survey, collects, collates and analyses the self-reported strengths of Australian young people in terms of their strengths, hopefulness, the incidence of anxiety and depression, and the relationship of these to key risk and protective behaviours.

Resilience Survey includes three scientifically validated, reliable and internationally accepted measures: 

  • 1. The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP)
  • 2. The Children’s Hope Scale (CHS)
  • 3. The General Health Questionnaire (GHQ12)

The results are an accurate measure of the resilience and wellbeing of the young people attending school.

The survey has been administered to over 160,000 young people, in over 750 schools in Australia, U.K. and Bhutan, and has both primary (grades 3-6) and secondary school versions.

14 state schools in the Launceston region participated in the Resilient Youth Australia Survey in 2017. A total of 2,151 children and young people in our region completed the survey, giving insight into their collective strengths, wellbeing and levels of resilience.

Council has identified several benefits of introducing this project to Launceston based schools, including helping to deliver stronger policy direction and local initiatives, improved working relationship with schools and the education department, and providing a local evidence base to the school system for early intervention programs.

Survey results are currently being used to inform and identify opportunities to facilitate targeted programs in partnership with schools and service providers.

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