Youth partnerships projects

The Central Ranges LLEN has facilitated project applications to the Youth Partnership program for the Macedon Ranges Shire. The Macedon Ranges project will develop a governance committee to provide strategic overview and planning for youth issues and will undertake a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities threats) analysis of flexible learning options.

What is Youth Partnerships?

Youth Partnerships is a new Victorian Government initiative that will design and test new ways for the education, youth and family support, justice, homelessness and mental health sectors to work more collaboratively to support individual young people experiencing problems.

Over three years, the Government will support service providers to work together to ensure:

  • a greater focus on early intervention
  • consistent approaches to assessment and referral of young people across these sectors
  • clear entry points into the right youth services at the right time, including tailored education options.

Developing resources for organisations working with young people

Youth Partnerships will develop new resources to support all the sectors that work with young people to identify those in need of support, assess their needs and refer them for extra support in a consistent, efficient way.

Seven demonstration sites are currently being established, to test and refine these resources on the ground, and trial new approaches to delivering services to make sure young people receive coordinated and holistic support. Each demonstration site is governed by a local, cross-sectoral committee.

A new, whole-of-government Youth Partnerships secretariat is also being established in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Funding has been secured until mid-2013.

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