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CARVING a right trail for youth in the Mitchell Shire is not just “part of the job” for Mitchell Shire Youth Services Co-ordinator Buffy Leadbeater.
A strong community leader, Ms Leadbeater’s dedication and hard work was acknowledged as the recipient of the Central Ranges LLEN ‘Christine Cox Trailblazer Award’ recently.
In announcing the award, Central Ranges LLEN Chair Doreen Power said Ms Leadbeater was a “real trailblazer”.
“Buffy has shown a great commitment to ​innovation​ through establishing Mitchell youth rooms, collaboration through her work with a​range of orgs and young people and going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the lives of local young people,” Ms Power said.
During her time at Mitchell Shire, Ms Leadbeater has demonstrated leadership in the development of the Mitchell Shire Youth Strategy and youth consultations, the further ​development of the Mitchell ​Shire Youth Council and the Cyber Tattoo campaign to tackle cyber bullying.
Recently, Ms Leadbeater also drew ​attention to the region by hosting a forum in Wallan in partnership with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together a variety of stakeholders to feed into a ​state-wide consultation process.
Ms Leadbeater was nominated for award alongside two others from the Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi Shires.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes presented Ms Leadbeater with the award and $500 cheque at the Central Ranges LLEN annual general meeting.
The award recognises excellent leadership, outstanding achievement and significant partnerships, in honour of the late Central Ranges LLEN’s Christine Cox.

Original article http://www.newspaperhouse.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/430-a-trailblazer-in-buffy-leadbeater 

Cyber Tattoo Campaign Takes On Cyber Bullying

IMG_5872On Monday 16 March, Mitchell Youth Services together with Mitchell Youth Council launched a significant and innovative campaign ‘Cyber Tattoo – It’s There For Life.’ Made possible through the State Government’s Department of Health and Human Services ‘It’s There For Life’ grant, the campaign was created to generate awareness for online safety and assist young people to be respectful and responsible online.

Danielle Green MP, Mayor Rodney Parker, CEO Rebecca McKenzie and Councillors were present at Wallan Secondary College to provide support to our Youth Councillors and the work that they have achieved.

Over the past five months Mitchell Youth Council with support from the Mitchell Shire Youth Coordinator Buffy Leadbeater have spent many hours researching, studying and investigating ideas to develop posters, merchandise, information brochures and a significant Social Media Platform to address the issue of Cyber Bullying and online safety for young people.

Youth Council Mayor Eleisha Kubale spoke passionately about the campaign stating, “It became obvious to all of us when discussing and liaising with our peers that we would like to create a campaign that was both distinctive and remarkable. We wanted to make a difference in our community and ensure that people understand the risks that can arise with using social media.”

“This campaign will not stop here today this is just the beginning. The Youth Councillors will work hard over the coming months, promoting, advocating and discussing this campaign across our community. We will imbed this campaign into our duties as Youth Councillors to educate and inform young people aiming to reduce the risk of bullying and anti-social behaviour online.”

The unified voice of Mitchell Youth Council, supported by Mitchell Shire Council, aims to build stronger understanding of how to be ‘Cyber Savvy’ and the risks associated with social media and online technology. The Youth Council is already receiving excellent results from young people through the delivery of this program with multiple ‘likes’ on the Cyber Tattoo Facebook Page.

For further information regarding the campaign, contact Youth Services on 5734 6200 or Facebook/CyberTattoo.ItsThereForLife.

Media Contact:            
Daniel Heiss, Communications Officer
T: (03) 5734 6359
E: [email protected]

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LGA Youth Service Forum (Wallan)

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On Tuesday March 24, 2015 Mitchell Shire Council’s Youth Services team hosted the first of YACVic’s four rural and regional Local Government Youth Services Forums in Wallan. The event was held at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre. The forum was facilitated by YACVic’s Victorian Rural Youth Service Initiative (VRYS) and featured:

  • Guest speaker John Kouvelas (Department of Health and Human Services) speaking on successful grant seeking in the Youth Sector and upcoming Youth grants.
  • Workshop: Local youth sector issues and partnership opportunities
  • Q&A panel: Showcasing local examples of best practice in youth engagement
    Networking opportunities.

The Central Ranges LLEN was proud to be part of the forum and felt the day was very informative and well received by all who attended.