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Listen up and shout out : best practice guidelines for engaging young people in decision-making processes in Alice Springs



Listen up and shout out : best practice guidelines for engaging young people in decision-making processes in Alice Springs

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Elspeth Blunt


Blunt, Elspeth; Northern Territory. Office of Youth Affairs


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Alice Springs


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Youth -- Government policy -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs

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Office of Youth Affairs

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Alice Springs (N.T.)


42 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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22 6. Barriers Practical considerations that may preclude young people from participating are: Scheduling of activities: Due to their many clashing commitments to casual employment positions, family responsibilities, sports and studies, the CSC SRC saw the scheduling of the activities during school time as crucial to their involvement. On the other hand, headspace CA YAG members have 5 members who work fulltime or are engaged in apprenticeships, meaning they can only attend meetings if they are held after work hours. Physical space: activities need to take place in an appropriately resourced venue which is youth friendly and young people need to be able to get to these activities and access them easily. Bathurst Regional Youth Councillors are transported to meetings by school teachers or picked up by the Youth Development Officer. CSC SRC suggested that meetings could be held at a different location each week so that students could visit other schools and community services. Funding: may not be priority, long lived or available Communication: young people may not hear about youth engagement opportunities or understand what is expected of them or have the confidence to speak up. Ive got stuff to say, yeah, but thats shame with heaps of people around32 Pedagogical issues that may hamper the success of youth participation initiatives: Tokenism: young people may feel like they are only included because they belong to a minority group or not taken seriously because they are young people Inaction: participation may turn into lip service making government look good without any public outcomes Irrelevant/Unappealing: young people may be embarrassed to participate in ongoing meetings or find them boring No perceivable public outcomes Key Finding 6: Scheduling of activities, the physical space where activities are held, funding and communication are vital areas to be addressed to ensure youth participation. Tokenism and inaction are also barriers to success and efforts need to be made to ensure youth participation is attractive. 32 16 year old Aboriginal female, Alice Springs Youth Centre consultation

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