Tools to take participation to the next level
- 5 December - 6 December 2018
The language of youth participation has woven itself into policies, charters, frameworks and practice manuals across the welfare and support sector. From youth centres to residential care units, from agency boardrooms to government committees the notion of needing to ‘hear the voice of young people’ is considered a given.
Despite this almost universal commitment, the practice of engaging young people as informants is inconsistent at best, and (arguably) damaging at worst.
If we go a step further and look at where young people are not just heard, but are active participants in and drivers of action and change, the examples become even thinner on the ground.
With the rise of local and global social justice campaigns driven by the people most affected, young people are coming of age in a world where their experiences can be the key to social change. But what about young people who have lived through disadvantage? What about those for whom a lifetime of being cared for, protected and supported by agencies and systems has left them unaware of, ill-equipped for and without the confidence to claim their right to be heard and play a role in driving change on the issues that affect them most.
To create spaces for young people to step into their rights, there first has to be a perception shift. We must examine the way we conceptualise young people, how we understand our own roles as workers, carers and advocates, and how the systems and structures we operate within facilitate or impede progress.
Designed to radically shift your youth engagement practice from engagement to exchange, this new 2 day training has been developed with lived experience at its core. Facilitators Crystal Moon and Lauren Oliver have over 25 years of expertise between them drawn from lived experience and professional practice.
Attendees can expect to engage in a combination of reflection, discussion and action that:
- Provides an insight into participatory practice from a young person’s perspective;
- Challenges assumptions and preconceptions about youth work, young people, disadvantage and participation;
- Addresses some of the key barriers to young people’s participation; and
- Develops a set of strategies and tools to radically shift the way we engage and exchange with young people.
Who Should Attend
This training will hold relevance for anyone seeking to build their own or their organisation’s/program’s capacity to engage with young people, particularly those who have experienced disadvantage. It is targeted at direct service staff, team leaders and managers.
The Youth Exchange training can be tailored for delivery to individual organisations in Victoria and Australia-wide. If you would like to discuss this option, please contact Lauren Oliver on (03) 9429 9266 or via email@example.com
Early Bird Rate: $500.00 (incl. GST) closes: 1st August
Full Rate: $540.00 (incl. GST)
Please read our Payment Terms & Conditions.
What You Will Learn
Day 1 is primarily facilitated by Crystal Moon, Project Officer Youth Engagement, Berry Street Childhood Institute. This day will explore how we conceptualise young people, youth work, disadvantage and participation. We will explore motivations for taking a participatory approach and engage in activities that will challenge our assumptions and improve our practice.
Day one will enable you to:
- Reflect and reconnect with your own motivations for working with young people;
- Identify and challenge assumptions and barriers to break the stigma preventing meaningful youth exchange; and
- Incorporate exchange into the work you do with young people.
Day 2 is facilitated by Lauren Oliver, Senior Advisor Youth Engagement for the Berry Street Childhood Institute. This day will cover the use of practical strategies to embed effective exchange practices within programs and organisations. We will discuss the barriers currently being experienced by participants and we will work together to develop some context-specific tools and approaches.
Day two will provide you with:
- Tools to meaningfully engage and exchange with young people; and
- Strategies to address systemic and organisational barriers to working alongside young people.
Berry Street Central Office, 1 Salisbury Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: (03) 9429 9266
More about Y-Change
Y-Change was piloted in 2016 as a youth leadership and social change project. It was developed through a collaboration between a small group of young people with lived experience of disadvantage (Damian Matthews, Lily Graham and Crystal Moon) and the Berry Street Childhood Institute’s Senior Advisor Youth Engagement (Lauren Oliver).
The project was intended to provide a capacity building ‘bridge’ between young people who had experienced disadvantage and the opportunities to drive and lead social change initiatives.
In 2016 eleven young people were recruited to the orientation and training phase of the pilot from Berry Street, Mirabel Foundation, Youth Support & Advocacy Service and the Launch Housing/Brotherhood of St Laurence Youth Foyer in Broadmeadows. They participated in a two-night residential camp followed by a 12-week training program that covered public speaking, workshop facilitation, media, and campaigning and activism.
On completion of the training, seven of the original group were offered a nine-month casual employment contract as members of the Y-Change team, working under the Berry Street Childhood Institute. Their role was essentially to use their lived experience as a form of expertise, paired with their newly-honed skills, to inform, engage in and drive projects and initiatives linked to policy and practice development.
In January 2017 their contracts were extended due to demand for their services as well as the fact that the opportunities had shifted from being largely speaking engagements to more project-based work that required a longer term commitment.
Payment Terms & Conditions
A confirmation and tax invoice will be issued automatically upon registration to your nominated email address.
In order to secure your place FULL payment is to be received no later than 7 days from date of registration, or at the time of registration if registering within 7 days of the event. Registrations may be cancelled if payment is not received within this period. If a registrant does not cancel within 7 days and then does not attend the event, they are liable to pay the full course fees.
Please be advised if payment or cancellation notification is not received as per the above terms and conditions your ability to attend future event will be impacted.
Payment can be made either by direct deposit or credit card (VISA or Mastercard). Credit card payments will be processed online automatically at time of registration.
Direct Deposit payments can be made to Berry Street Childhood Institute:
BSB 083170, Account 134585438
Please ensure your CONFIRMATION number is included on your remittance and a copy of your remittance is emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A full refund will be issued for cancellations up until seven days prior to the event. No refunds will be issued after this date however substitutions are welcome.
Should Berry Street Childhood Institute cancel a course for any reason, those registered at this time will be entitled to a full refund of registration fees only, and this will incur no administrative charges or penalties.