Victoria’s young people, and those who work with them, will have a fantastic new resource when the Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) launches Yerp on Wednesday 2 April. Yerp is an innovative online toolkit for 12-25 year olds who want to make change in their communities. It is also a practical guide for organisations and groups who want to engage young people in what they do.

Yerp’s information-packed website is perfectly suited to smartphones and mobile devices. Its unique, fun design has been developed in consultation with over 300 young people and youth sector workers throughout Victoria. Yerp has 10 instructional topic areas, ranging from skills building and project planning to use of the media. Each area contains a number of ‘how to’ articles, downloadable factsheets and video examples.

Georgie Ferrari, YACVic CEO, said “Yerp supports one big idea – that young people have an important role in shaping the present and future of Victoria’s communities. We know that lots of young Victorians volunteer their time to improve the lives of others. Yerp will give them the tools to continue this work and encourage more young people to get involved in their local area”.

“Yerp will also give community groups and local councils practical advice to better involve young people in what they do. It supports YACVic’s vision for a Victorian community in which all young people are valued as active participants. Meaningfully involving young people ensures a stronger and better community for everyone, and that’s what Yerp is all about” Ms Ferrari said.

Sam McClelland, Young Media Spokesperson for YACVic, said, "It's great to see something like Yerp being developed in such an accessible format. Yerp links young people who have brilliant ideas to the loads of resources that already exist – and does it really well.”

The Yerp project was funded by the Victorian Government. It is based upon YACVic’s 2004 youth participation handbooks, Taking Young People Seriously.

For further comment, contact Georgie Ferrari, YACVic CEO, 0411 484 428.