The Youth Affairs Council Victoria’s (YACVic) Connecting the Dots conference will bring the rural youth sector together across two days and one night to explore the latest research, trends and best practice from the field in the areas of youth health, wellbeing and safety.
Designed by rural youth workers for youth sector professionals across country Victoria, the conference offers an opportunity for the sector to strengthen networks, develop new connections, hear from a range of passionate presenters and attend thought-provoking workshops.
In a YACVic first, scholarships will be made available to rural workers that cover both conference registration, accommodation and travel expenses. The conference will commence at 1pm Tuesday 12 February and conclude by 1pm on Wednesday 13 February to allow for rural travel.
“We recognise that many youth sector professionals work in a part-time capacity and travel great distances to attend training opportunities”, said YACVic CEO Leo Fieldgrass. “Connecting the Dots aims to support rural and regional youth workers in accessing high quality training without the high price tag.”
As the peak body for young people aged 12 to 25, YACVic recognises the need to support youth sector professionals to further develop their knowledge in the areas of health, wellbeing and safety, bringing the industries finest to present in one central location.
Featuring keynote address from Dr Ani Weirenga, one of Australia’s leading youth researchers, along with guests from the Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare, the Commission for Children & Young People and professional development workshops on offer with the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).
The conference will be held across multiple venues in Ballarat’s CBD on 12 to 13 February 2019 with ticket prices being inclusive of the conference dinner at the Forge Pizzeria.