Between September and December 2016, YACVic, in partnership with the Victorian Government's Office for Youth, ran 12 youth forums across metro, rural and regional locations in Victoria.
The forums were the first of their kind in Victoria and we travelled far and wide to deliver the forums, working with 60 community partner organisations along the way.
The most valuable part of the project for YACVic was working with young people across Victoria and hearing directly from them on issues and ideas they have for a better Victoria. We engaged 472 young people and captured over 3,000 individual issues, statements of need or ideas for action. 100% of forum participants surveyed agreed that the forum gave them the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to them. And 85% reported that they left the forums with new thoughts on how to turn their ideas into action.
This report gives a valuable overview of the forums and their importance for Victoria’s young people, particularly in rural and regional areas. The Turning Ideas into Action youth forums are a tangible outcome of the Victorian Government’s Youth Policy, established in 2016 to improve engagement with Victorian young people around issues that are important to them. YACVic was excited to partner with the government on this project, which supports our commitment to young people in rural and regional Victoria and greatly builds on the existing work we are doing in these areas.