Tools to take participation to the next level
- 5 June - 6 June 2019
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. What if we go a step further, even? What if we start to see young people as partners in an important exchange process; exchange of ideas, of knowledge, of skills, expertise and information?
Designed to radically shift your youth engagement practice from engagement to exchange, this 2-day training has been developed with lived experience at its core. Demonstrating YOUth exCHANGE in action throughout both days, facilitators Kirra-Alyssa Horley, K.C., Emilie Cuinn and Lauren Oliver draw their collective expertise from a combination of 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.
Other dates are available for this training. See other dates.
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 email: email@example.com.
Early Bird Rate: $520.00 (incl. GST) closes: 8th May 2019
Full Rate: $560.00 (incl. GST)
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided
Please read our Payment Terms & Conditions.
What You Will Learn
Day 1 will explore the notion of exchange as a practice, providing opportunities to look at what and why this shift away from traditional participatory models is needed.
Day one will enable you to:
• Assess your own and your organisation’s approach to youth participation and engagement;
• Understand the concept of youth exchange and how it can be applied to your context;
• Identify barriers to youth exchange and opportunities for tackling these within your organisation or your own practice.
Day 2 will cover practical strategies to embed effective exchange practices within programs and organisations. We will identify and adapt tools and approaches to fit your context.
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.
• A documented plan for moving forwards.
Date & Venue
Venue: Berry Street's Richmond Office. 1 Salisbury Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Phone: (03) 9429 9266
How to Get There
Tram: Berry Street is conveniently located on tram routes No. 48 or No. 75 (travels down Flinders St and Bridge Rd), Tram route 78 (travels down Church St) and Tram route 109 (travels down Collins St and Victoria St).
Train: Berry Street is also close to both West Richmond and North Richmond train stations, both of which are on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines.
For more public transport information please visit Public Transport Victoria.
Taxi: Berry Street is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the Melbourne CBD. To book a taxi call Yellow Cabs on 13 22 27.
Parking: There are plenty of 2 hours parking spaces around Berry Street, check Buckingham Street, Kent Street, Laity Street or Lincoln Street. Four hour parking is available in Risley St. An all-day parking option is the Coles Richmond Plaza carpark off Church Street. The cost for all day parking is $16 and is a 10 minute walk from the office.
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.
Since the 2016 pilot, Y-Change has recruited, trained and employed over 30 young people with lived experience of disadvantage (eight of whom started their training in January 2019). Once recruited they are put through six months of training in public speaking, facilitation, media, campaigning and activism. Following the training they are offered 12-month casual employment contracts as Lived Experience Consultants.
The Y-Change team works using lived experience as a form of expertise to inform and drive organisational, social and systemic change. They do this through public speaking engagements, developing and delivering training, providing consultancy to other organisations and bodies, and pursuing advocacy projects in their specific areas of expertise.
Y-Change is in constant iterative development, informed and driven by the young people who are in it.
Based in transformational identity work, a deep respect for the expertise young people develop through their lived experience, and a firm belief that their exclusion from decision-making circles is fundamentally negligent, Y-Change represents a radical shift in how we work alongside young experts.
Y-Change for Hire
The Y-Change team has a broad range of expertise across different experiences of disadvantage. They are trained in communication, consulting and facilitation skills. If you or your organisation would like to engage the services of the team as consultants, project workers, speakers or facilitators please contact Lauren Oliver on (03) 9429 9266 or via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your needs.
Payment Terms & Conditions
Payment MUST be made at the time of registration and only credit cards (VISA and Mastercard) will be accepted. Your registration will not be confirmed unless payment has been processed.
A confirmation/tax invoice will be issued upon registration to your nominated email address.
A full refund will be issued for cancellations up until 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued after this date however substitutions are welcome.
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.
Should the 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.