Are you a young person living in Launceston? Why not join in on some great initiatives aimed at supporting and sharing your ideas?
Learn more about the programs ran for youth through the City of Launceston. Learn more about the Youth Advisory Group (who work closely with our Councillors to guide decisions on Youth topics), our SEED funding program, read through the Youth Framework and start exploring more information on Youth Week!
Reach out and start a conversation:
Founded in 1997, YAG promotes the contributions young people make to Launceston 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 across Launceston.
- 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.
If you want to know more about YAG, or find out more information on how to join, reach out to our Youth Development Officer here.
YAG gets together on the first Tuesday of every month from 4 pm to 5 pm in the Town Hall Committee Room. Transport to and from meetings can be arranged to help you attend.
Explore previous YAG Annual Reports below
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.
To learn more or apply, download the application form HERE.(PDF, 95KB)
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 Councillors.
Every high school and college in the Launceston municipality is eligible to apply for SEED funding.
- 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.
- Applications open 11 June 2019
- Applications close 5pm Wednesday 31 July 2019
- Successful applicants will be notified by 2 August 2019
- Projects must be finalised by 19 December 2019
- Project outcomes must be reported to the Council by 19 December 2019
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.
The Framework includes five key priority areas which outline its intention to include, support and connect a diverse group of young people around Launceston.
Download our Youth Engagement Framework(PDF, 6MB).
Contact our Youth Development Officer, Claudia, for more information.
Youth Week Tasmania 2019 is an annual celebration of young Tasmanian's aged 12-25 that recognises and celebrates the contribution made to their local communities, workplaces, and schools.
Each year the Tasmanian Government supports Youth Week by funding Youth Week grants in Tasmania so organisations can host events that foster youth engagement across the state. This is a great way to ensure that communities can give back to youth within their cities and offer events specifically for them to enjoy.
Youth Week 2019 is held during the April school holidays from 10 - 17 April. City of Launceston remains a passionate ambassador for Youth Week through involvement and delivery of events, offering opportunities for youth across the City to bring entertainment into their holidays across April.
Announcing the 2019 Youth Busking Competition!
Youth Week 2019 - bringing live music and entertainment to the city centre on Thursday 11 April! Join in on an afternoon of busking competitions in the Launceston CBD - Running from 3:30 pm - 6 pm, this is the perfect afternoon of fun after school to enjoy some live entertainment.
Entries for the 2019 Youth Busking Competition have now closed.
Each act will go in the running to win;
- One of three Barratts Music vouchers valued up to $500
- A spot in this year's Junction Arts Festival program
- Successful entrants will be awarded with free busking licences thanks to Cityprom
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.