Mayor to launch City's new Youth Strategy

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Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke will join young people, families, local agencies and members of the public to launch the Explore, Engage, Empower - Young People in Greater Bendigo Youth Strategy 2017-2021 on Thursday March 15.

Cr O’Rourke said the strategy was developed following extensive consultation with young people and local youth agencies and provides an inclusive framework to enable the City to understand and respond to a range of priority areas that impact on young people aged 12 to 24.

“The strategy renews the City’s commitment to young people and enables it to deliver on its vision and goals in the Community Plan,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“With approximately 18,700 young people currently living in Greater Bendigo expected to rise to 25,900 by 2036, it’s important for the City to connect with and listen to young people about issues in our community and empower them to be involved in the decision making that impacts on their lives.

“The strategy includes a vision, goals, objectives and actions for the City to implement over the next four years in response to the priorities identified by young people which include mental health, events, having a say and drugs and alcohol.”

The seven goals of the strategy aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for young people to have their say.

  • Promote young people as valuable citizens who make a positive contribution to the community.

  • Provide innovative opportunities for young people to develop new skills.

  • Increase collaboration with education providers, industry and community to enhance employment opportunities.

  • Deliver inclusive and accessible events and programs for all the community.

  • Increase collaboration to strengthen partnerships, networks and advocacy on youth priority areas.

  • Create spaces that are inclusive, safe and welcoming for all members of the community.

The strategy which was adopted by Council in December 2017 will be reviewed annually to identify continuous improvements, evaluate outcomes and update the action plan.

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