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Young people are uniquely impacted by disasters, often affecting work, study, and the critical resources like phone reception, internet and roads which keep young people connected to their communities.
Find out more about how young people are affected by different disasters below, and resources we have developed to ensure you include and engage young people effectively and meaningfully in disaster response.
Black Summer Grants - Future Proof
A consortium led by Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) has received a $9.93 million, two-year Australian Government Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant for ‘Future Proof: Young People, Disaster Recovery and (Re)building Communities’, to drive recovery outcomes for fire-affected young people and communities across eastern Victoria.
YACVic will coordinate this ambitious project, bringing together eight local councils, two Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), three Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) and Victoria University. We are currently hiring a Disaster Resilience Operations Coordinator and a Young Peer Worker for this project.
Our work on bushfires was informed by the YACVic Youth Bushfire Recovery Working Group, consisting of 12 young people aged 12-25, living in rural and regional communities in eastern Victoria impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
Resource: A Seat at the Table
A Seat at the Table: Young People and Disaster Recovery is a guide to meaningful Youth Engagement, Participation, and Inclusion. The resource covers all aspects of youth engagement in disaster response, and includes three double-sided A4 fact-sheets which can be printed and shared.
Project Report: Speaking Up
Speaking Up: Young people’s experience of Bushfire and Recovery is the report produced in partnership with the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training and Bushfire Recovery Victoria. We consulted and supported young people and community members to document their experience of disaster recovery and response to the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
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.
Bushfire resources for Victorians with disability
The disabled community can be particularly vulnerable during bushfires due to a lack of accessible information, emergency housing, vital equipment and many other factors. The Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) produced this resource to support all Victorians, including young people with disability.
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.
COVID-19 has changed everyone’s lives, including young people in disaster-affected communities. There are resources for young people, youth workers and policy-makers to ensure young people aren’t left behind in the pandemic response.
- Self care and community care
- COVID-Safe Youth Work
- Disability in the time of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Recovery Plan for Young People
- COVID-19 Vaccines and Young People
VCOSS Disaster Recovery Conversation series: Facilitating the voice of children and young people in disaster recovery.
For any queries, please get in touch with YACVic Rural Youth Projects Co-ordinator, Carla Hall firstname.lastname@example.org