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For Young People

Young people aged 12 to 25 in Eastern Victoria (Towong, Alpine and East Gippsland Shire), this is your chance to have your say on bushfire recovery in your community! We believe young people are experts in your own lives and that you have important contributions to make in bushfire recovery and rebuilding efforts.

YACVic is working with the Victorian Government to hear directly from young people and community members in rural and regional areas, about the response and recovery from the devastating bushfires across Eastern Victoria, and your experiences and ideas for a better future. We are also running training workshops on youth advocacy and leadership to develop your skills in advocacy, leadership and decision-making.

Consultations

In the second half of 2020 YACVic commenced working with the Victorian Government to hear directly from young people and community members, about the response and recovery from the bushfires. Some of the sessions were conducted online, due to COVID-19 restriction. The sessions provided young people an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and ideas for a better future.

The emerging themes documents, capture young people experiences and proposed solutions which agencies in affected areas to assist in planning recovery based activities and engagement with young people moving forward.

Read the Emerging Themes Report from those consultations here

Take Our Survey

Want to have your say and be actively included in the bushfire recovery and rebuilding work? Share your thoughts via the Bushfire Recovery Survey

Upcoming Training

We are running workshops and training to empower young people to be part of bushfire recovery and rebuilding.

  • Monday 15 March – Corryong College
  • Tuesday 16 March – Bright P-12
  • Wednesday 17 March – Bairnsdale SC
  • Friday 19 March – Orbost SC

Register now here

Our Working Group

The YACVic Youth Bushfire Recovery Working Group consists of 12 young people aged 12-25, currently living in rural and regional parts of eastern Victoria impacted by the 2020 fires (East Gippsland, Towong, Alpine and beyond).

Working group members are currently assisting in the, development of new resources to support young people and local communities, they have consulted with young people and community about the fires and what is needed in the recovery response, co delivered local workshops and participated in a number of training opportunities with young facilitators in partnership with local communities.

Contact Us

For any queries, please get in touch with YACVic Rural Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Carla Hall chall@yacvic.org.au

For Agencies Supporting Young People

YACVic is working with the Victorian Government to hear directly from agencies supporting young people, including community recovery committees and community members in rural and regional areas about the response and recovery from the devastating bushfires across Eastern Victoria, and your experiences and ideas for a better future.

We are also running training workshops on the Code of Ethical Practice and Youth Participation to develop your skills in working with and supporting young people.

Consultations

In the second half of 2020 YACVic commenced working with the Victorian Government to hear directly from young people and community members, about the response and recovery from the bushfires. Some of the sessions were conducted online, due to COVID-19 restriction. The sessions provided young people an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and ideas for a better future.

The emerging themes documents, capture young people experiences and proposed solutions which agencies in affected areas to assist in planning recovery based activities and engagement with young people moving forward.

Read the Emerging Themes Report from those consultations here

Upcoming Training

We are running a series of training workshops for agencies in February and March across Youth Participation 101, Code of Ethical Practice and Child Safe Standards.

All of these workshops will be facilitated by a young person, to bring their perspectives and experiences to the workshop.  

  • East Gippsland and Tallangatta, Code of Ethical Practice, 26 February 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • East Gippsland and Tallangatta, Youth Participation 101, 26 February 1.00pm - 3.30pm
  • Alpine Shire, Code of Ethical Practice, 1 March 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Alpine Shire, Youth Participation 101, 1 March 1.00pm - 3.30pm
  • Online, Child Safe Standards, 23 March 10.00am - 12.30pm

Register here now

Find out more about the training offered below.

Youth Participation 101

This workshop will give you the tools on how to involve young people in decision-making processes. Examining theory and practice, this workshop uses interactive strategies for participants to reflect on how the work of their CRC impact on young people, and how to engage young people’s voices and perspectives through-out.

Child Safe Standards

If you work with children and young people, you must understand and adhere to the seven Child Safe Standards which, under the Victorian Government Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005, are compulsory for all Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children and young people.  https://www.yacvic.org.au/about-us/child-safe-standards/

Code of Ethical Practice Training

The Code of Ethical Practice for the Victorian Youth Sector (the Code) is a framework to help people who work or engage with young people to think through the ethical dilemmas that will arise. The Code is based on human rights, and includes a set of youth work principles and ethical practice responsibilities. It supports, but does not replace, legal responsibilities. 

Working Group

The YACVic Youth Bushfire Recovery Working Group consists of 12 young people aged 12-25, currently living in rural and regional parts of eastern Victoria impacted by the 2020 fires (East Gippsland, Towong, Alpine and beyond).

Working group members are currently assisting in the, development of new resources to support young people and local communities, they have consulted with young people and community about the fires and what is needed in the recovery response, co delivered local workshops and participated in a number of training opportunities with young facilitators in partnership with local communities.

Contact Us

For any queries, please get in touch with YACVic Rural Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Carla Hall chall@yacvic.org.au

Resources and Information

Youth Focused Disaster Recovery Protocol

The Protocol establishes a framework for Federal, State and Local Government emergency and recovery services and committees, institutions, local youth services, youth workers and others who engage with young people in disaster affected areas. It provides guidance on key matters for consideration and inclusion of young people in post-disaster recovery and rebuilding, and to ensure positive outcomes for young people aged 12-25 who have been affected directly and/or indirectly by a disaster. 

Read the Youth Focused Disaster Recovery Protocol here

Rural Young Activators 2020/21

The 2020-21 Rural Young Activators are young people aged 15-25 from bushfire-affected communities leading projects and advocacy to support bushfire recovery and animal welfare with support from RSPCA Victoria.