What is Yerp?

Yerp is a toolkit. It’s a package of information to support one big idea – that young people have an important role in shaping the present and future of Victoria.

Yerp was developed in 2013. We used YACVic’s 2004 youth participation handbooks, Taking Young People Seriously, as a starting point and spoke with over 200 younger and older people around Victoria about youth participation and engagement. The project was guided by a Steering Committee of young people and youth sector representatives.

Who is Yerp for?

Yerp is for young people – if you’re 12-25, Yerp will give you ideas for stepping up and making change in your community.

Yerp is for older people too – Yerp will show you why it makes sense to involve young people in what you do, and how you can go about it.

And if it’s your job to work with young people, you’ll find Yerp particularly useful.

Using Yerp

Yerp is divided into 10 topics. Each topic contains a number of articles. You can read them all or just choose what’s relevant to you. Topics and articles are generally in two sections:

  • ‘For young people’ is aimed at 12-25 year olds who want to get involved in organisations and their communities, or create change with their own projects and campaigns.
  • ‘Involving young people’ is for anyone older (or younger) who wants help to involve young people in what they’re doing.

Get started with Yerp at www.yerp.org.au