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YACVic's 2017 conference, Front + Centre, will explore themes around the changing nature of youth work, the complexities of our practice and how we tell the compelling story of youth work and its positive impacts. Find program details here. Front + Centre will be held between 18 – 20 October 2017 at the Pullman on the Park, Melbourne.

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Sector Defining

Front + Centre will bring together youth workers from community, government and for-purpose agencies to shape the future of the youth sector.

We’ll explore the hot topics, tackle the big questions and discuss new research and good practice.

We’re talking three days jam-packed with inspiring presentations, thought-provoking conversations and hands-on workshops from some of the most renowned thinkers and doers in youth work.

A snapshot of key topics in our program:

Day 1 – Our Practice: today and beyond

  • The big picture — youth work now and in the future
  • Ending family violence and promoting respectful relationships
  • Youth justice is everybody's business

Day 2 – Using data and telling stories

  • Studying young Australians’ lives to help shape the future 
  • Telling powerful stories of youth work 
  • Sparking change through collaborative arts

Day 3 – Inclusive engagement 

  • Young people, gender and sexuality  
  • Are you ready for the NDIS?
  • Meaningful youth engagement and participation

Each day will provide interactive workshops on a range of topics, across research, policy and advocacy, youth work 101 and practice masterclasses. You will learn from ground-breaking researchers, thought-leaders and practitioners; share ideas for navigating the ever-changing challenges and complexities of our practice; develop ways to articulate and communicate the value and impact of youth work and, build meaningful connections with passionate peers


Program details

Day 1 – Wednesday 18 October – Our Practice: today and beyond

Time

Session

Speakers

Location

8.00 – 8.50am

Registrations

Tea and coffee

Ballroom Foyer

8.50 – 9.30am

Opening

      Welcome to Country – Wurundjeri Elder

      The Hon. Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Youth Affairs

      Culture Evolves, Indigenous performance collective

      Leo Fieldgrass CEO, Youth Affairs Council Victoria

      MC Nelly Thomas, comedian and health advocate

Grand Ballroom

9.30 – 10.30am

Session 1

Grand Ballroom

The big picture

What does it mean to be a youth worker in 2017? What might youth work look like in years to come? What do we hope for our sector and how will we achieve our goals? Learn about innovative contemporary practice and future trends.

      Dr Tim Corney, Associate Professor, College of Arts & Education, Victoria University

      Dr. Philippa Collin, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

      Sally Thompson, Deputy Director, Sector Engagement and Capability Development, Future Social Service Institute

      Dr. Howard Sercombe, youth work academic and author of Youth Work Ethics

      Aref Ramazani, positive change storyteller

      Edie Shepherd, Bachelor of youth work student, Victoria University

      Moderator: Carmel Guerra, CEO, Centre for Multicultural Youth

10.30 – 11.00am

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer

11.00 – 12.00pm

Concurrent Workshops

Research

Addressing young people disengaged from learning and employment

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

Partnerships vs. relationships in youth projects

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

How to support and protect trans and gender questioning  young people

Huntingfield

Practice 101

Ethical practice for youth workers

Grand Ballroom

12.00 – 12.45pm

Lunch

Ballroom Foyer

12.45 – 1.35pm

Session 2

Grand Ballroom

Ending family violence and promoting respectful relationships

Victoria is embarking on landmark policy and services responses to end family violence. What role will the youth sector play in these reforms? How might we work best with young people to promote and enable respectful relationships?

      Emily Maguire, CEO, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

      Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria

      Kim Wood, Community Development and Councillor Advocate of Respectful Relationships at the Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault

      Erin Gillen, Senior Policy Advisor, Young People, Our Watch

1.40 – 2.40pm

Concurrent Workshops

Research

Sex-Ed: What do young people REALLY want?

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

How the National Youth Settlement Framework can inform and enhance working with multicultural youth

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

Know your worth, show your worth: Sharing the value of Local Government Youth Services

Huntingfield

Practice 101

Practical strategies for engaging young people disengaged from education

Grand Ballroom

2.40 – 3.10pm

Afternoon tea

Ballroom Foyer

3.10 – 4.10pm

Session 3

Grand Ballroom

Youth justice is everybody's business

All youth workers can help divert young people from the justice system, or better support those who have had contact. What's working well in youth crime diversion and rehabilitation of young offenders? How might we increase youth voice in youth justice? And how can we counter sensationalist media or misinformation about these issues?

      Prof. Mark Halsey, Professor of Criminology, Centre for Crime Policy and Research, Flinders University

      Penny Armytage, Special Advisor, KPMG, and co-contributor of Youth Justice Review

      Nerita Waight, lawyer and policy advisor, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

      Luke Edwards, Client Support Officer, Balit Ngulu

      Joshua Birtwistle, lived experience in the youth justice system

4.10 – 4.15pm

Close

Grand Ballroom

 

Day 2 – Thursday 19 October – Using data and telling stories

Time

Session

Speakers

Location

8.00 – 9.00am

Conference breakfast

Pullman Hotel

8.30 – 9.20am

Registrations

Tea and coffee

Ballroom Foyer

9.20 – 9.45am

Opening

      YACVic Board of Governance Chair, Louisa Ellum and Deputy Chair, Kerrie Loveless

      MC Nelly Thomas

Grand Ballroom

9.45 – 10.45am

Session 4

Grand Ballroom

Studies of the past can shape the future

Longitudinal studies of young Australians provide unique, dynamic pictures of young people’s lives. What can this research also tell us about the future opportunities and challenges all young people might face? How should this affect our work with young people?

      Professor Johanna Wyn, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne

      Dr Genevieve Knight, Manager of Research Operations, National Centre for Vocational Education

      Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Professor of Sociology, Monash University School of Sciences

      Moderator: Dr Tim Corney, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Education, Victoria University

10.45 – 11.15am

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer

11.15 – 12.15pm

Concurrent Workshops

Research

Rational detachment: strategies to prevent crisis-driven youth work practice in crisis settings

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

Embedding Indigenous perspective into  youth work practice

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

Working with and valuing lived-experience 

Huntingfield

Practice 101

Drugs and young people: function and meaning

Grand Ballroom

12.15 – 1.00pm

Lunch

Ballroom Foyer

1.00 – 2.00pm

Session 5

Grand Ballroom

Telling powerful stories

Powerful stories help us articulate the value of youth work and make us better advocates. Storytelling skills help connect and engage us with young people, influence decision-makers and make sense of our own lives. Learn fundamental principles of storytelling and campaigning: how to tell stories of youth work that are authentic, compelling and impactful.

      Dalit Kaplan, Founder of Storywell

      Alexandra Fuller, Campaign Communications Director, Oaktree

      Belinda Duarte, CEO, Culture Is Life

2.05 – 3.05pm

Concurrent Workshops

Research

Youth participation, youth councils and Local Governments: How is Victoria faring?

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

Youth work in schools: Do opposites attract? How Youth Work inside the school gates can engage students in developing leadership and learning

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

Fundamental principals of telling a powerful story

Huntingfield

Practice 101

Young people in the online world

Grand Ballroom

3.05 – 3.35pm

Afternoon tea

Ballroom Foyer

3.35 – 4.35pm

Session 6

Grand Ballroom

Sparking change through collaborative arts

The Victorian Government has recently boosted investment in creative industries. It’s a good time to learn how creative arts collaborations with young people can make positive social impacts and strengthen communities. Be inspired by innovative, youth-led arts projects that are helping young people tell their own stories and spark change.

      Performance by New Change, young African-Australian women arts collective

      Alison Baker-Lewton and members of New Change

      Fofo, Youth Programmers Officer, Brimbank City Council, and artist

      Martha Metuisela and Faustina Osa, Westside Pasifika and Stir It Up

      Kate Gillick, Executive Producer; and Victoria Canning, ArtsReady trainee and emerging artist,

      Performance by Outer Urban Projects

4.35 – 4.40pm

Close

·         MC Nelly Thomas

Grand Ballroom

 

Day 3 – Friday 20 October – Inclusive engagement

8.00 – 9.00am

Conference breakfast

Pullman restaurant

8.00 – 9.00am

Registrations

Tea and coffee

Ballroom Foyer

9.00 – 9.20am

Opening

      MC Nelly Thomas

Grand Ballroom

9.20 – 10.20am

Session 7

Grand Ballroom

Young people, gender and sexuality

Presented in partnership with Rainbow Network and Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project

Victoria leads the way in supporting LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing. But despite advances in achieving equality and cultural acceptance, LGBTIQ+ young people still regularly experience discrimination, marginalisation and bullying, which have profound negative impacts on their wellbeing. Learn how youth work can create safe and celebratory spaces, affirm and support young people across the rainbow of sexual and gender identities.

      Jax Jacki Brown, disability and LGBTIQ+ rights activist

      Aretha Stewart-Brown, Youth Prime Minister, National Indigenous Youth Parliament 2017

      Nevo Zisin, Young LGBTIQ activist, Minus 18

      Elise Nyhuis

10.20 – 10.50am

Morning tea

Ballroom Foyer

10.50 – 11.50am

Concurrent Workshops

Research

The role of schools and service providers in supporting LGBTIQ+ students

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Inclusive housing for LGBTIQ+ young people

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

Supporting non-binary and gender diverse youth

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

Gender,  identity, expression and affirmation

_________________________________________

LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport

Huntingfield

Practice 101

The role of youth workers in supporting families of LGBTIQ+ young people

_________________________________________

LGBTIQ+ inclusion in local government services

Grand Ballroom

11.50 – 12.35pm

Lunch

Ballroom Foyer

12.35 – 1.10pm

Session 8

Grand Ballroom

Are you ready for the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the most significant Australian social reform since Medicare. It’s arrived in Victoria and it’s going to make a big impact on the youth sector. How will the NDIS change your work? How can all youth workers and services be more welcoming and accessible to young people with disability?

      Leah van Poppel, Manager, Youth Disability Advocacy Service

1.15 – 2.15pm

Concurrent Workshops

Research

YACVic Young Thinkers in Conversation

Delacombe

Policy and advocacy

Creating Change: building social cohesion with young people

Stradbroke

Practice masterclass

Self care for youth workers

Huntingfield

Practice 101

NDIS Readiness 101: Understanding the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the youth work sector

Grand Ballroom

2.15 – 2.45pm

Afternoon tea

Ballroom Foyer

2.45 – 3.45pm

Session 9

Grand Ballroom

Youth engagement — once more, with meaning!

What is meaningful youth engagement? How do we successfully work alongside young people and support their active participation in our programs and communities? Learn practical tips from inventive projects that are engaging well with young people.

      VicSRC student executives

      Indi Clarke, Manager, Koorie Youth Council

      Cate Chaiyot, Rural Team Leader, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Gippsland

      Yumna Ahmed, Youth Facilitator, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Gippsland

      Lauren Oliver, Senior Advisor Youth Engagement, Berry Street Childhood Institute

      Idil Ali, Youth Peer Leader, The Drum Youth Services

      Anoushka Wootton, Coordinator of Youth Services, The Drum Youth Services

3.45 – 4.15pm

Wrap up of Front + Centre

Grand Ballroom

Where is the youth sector headed?

      Leo Fieldgrass, CEO, Youth Affairs Council Victoria

      Professor Robyn Broadbent

Program Head Youth, Ongoing and Community Education, Victoria University

      Harris Georgiou, Bachelor of youth work student, Australian Catholic University

4.30 – 6.30pm

Conference social drinks

Pullman bar

 

* We'll do our best to make sure there are no major changes to the program, but please note it is subject to change.


Tickets and registration

Your YACVic membership entitles you to huge savings on registration. See below for regular and member ticket prices.

 

1 day

2 days

3 days

YACVic member

$360

$595

$785

Non-member

$495

$855

$1130

Youth work student

$50

$110

 

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Support for rural and regional members: all 3 days for $620 – a discount of over $500!

Support for youth work students: limited numbers of 1-day $50 tickets and 3-day $110 tickets for people currently studying youth work, social work or community services – be quick! 

Together, we’re putting youth work Front + Centre. Be part of the conversation. We can’t wait!

Register for Front + Centre here! 


Digital Share Kit

#YACVicFC

 We have prepared this Digital Share Kit to help make your life easy. Here you can find all the text and links you will need to ensure your networks know about our exciting sector-wide event. Just simply copy and paste—you’re welcome to tweak if you wish.

Front + Centre 2017 Digital Share Kit (PDF)

Front + Centre Digital Share Kit (Word)


Getting to the conference 

Public transport  

  • The venue is directly opposite Jolimont train station.
  • The 48 and 75 trams stop outside the venue (stop 11). See Journey Planner Melbourne for more details. 

Parking

  • There is limited parking at the venue for $30 per day. 
  • There is 24-hr parking at Wilson Parking, 32 Flinders Street, Melbourne. They offer an early bird special of $24 if you enter before 10am and exit after 2pm.

 

Accommodation

Do you need a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Take advantage of the range of great accommodation deals below — just mention 'Youth Affairs Council Victoria' when you book! 

The Pullman Melbourne on the Park (conference venue) 

192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Victoria 3002 

Available 17-21 October

$253 per night (includes breakfast and WiFi) 

 

Knightsbridge Apartments

101 George St, East Melbourne Victoria 3002

Available 17-21 October

One night $109 – 3+ nights $99 each 

Distance: 5 minute walk

 

Quest on Melbourne

48 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Victoria 3002 

Available 18 & 19  (early reservations encouraged)

One night $240+

Distance: 7 minute walk

 

Mantra on Jolimont

133 Jolimont Road, East Melbourne Victoria 3002

Available 17-21 October

One night $189

Distance: 9 minute walk

 

Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens

13 Spring Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 

Available 17-21 October

One night $220

Distance: 11 minute walk

 

Hotel Lindrum Melbourne

26 Flinders St, Melbourne Victoria 3000 

Available 17-21 October

One night $315

Distance: 12 minute walk

 

Punthill Apartments Hotel Manhattan

267 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Victoria 3000 

Available 17-21 October (early reservations encouraged)

One night $213

Distance: 15 minute walk

Logos of sponsors and supporters of the Front + Centre conference 

VIC GOV LOGO BLACK        YACVic acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

YACVic has a number of partner agencies. For more information click on the logos below.

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  • Youth Workers' Association logo
  • YRIPP logo
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