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Dear APN Members,
Welcome to the APN Bulletin.
WHY IS YOUTH HOMELESSNESS STILL A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN AUSTRALIA IN 2018 AND HOW DO WE END IT?
One in four Australians experiencing homelessness are children and young people aged 12-24, and this is widely acknowledged as an underestimate.
Despite government initiatives to reduce homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness, particularly young people, has increased disproportionately to population growth in the last 10 years.
Current systems are not working, and they are failing vulnerable, young Australians.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The conference will be the first national homelessness conference focused solely on youth in Australia in 20 years.
In 2008, the combined advocacy of the National Youth Commission (NYC) Inquiry into Youth Homelessness through its recommendations and report ‘Australia’s Homeless Youth’, and ‘The Oasis’ documentary brought youth homelessness into the public spotlight. This had a significant impact on public perceptions and policy on youth homelessness, however in the interim this issue has gradually dropped off the public radar
WHY ATTEND THE NATIONAL YOUTH HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE?
This conference will build upon the findings of the 2007/08 National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness and assess the progress that has been made in the last 10 years. We want to bring together experts and like-minded individuals and groups to learn from the past, plan for the future, and act to end youth homelessness.
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Help us build on the the findings of the 2007/08 National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness by bringing together experts and like-minded individuals and groups to learn from the past, plan for the future, and act to end youth homelessness!
Join the Weenthunga Health Network's GIRLS RESILIANCE PROGRAM
Weenthunga health network is committed to encouraging and supporting First Australian girls into careers in health. Flier here
Support for Single Teenage Mothers in Your Schools and for Single Mother-Parents of Students in Your Schools
Many single mothers are unaware that they can obtain support, make local connections and receive free help through the Council for Single Mothers and their Children (CSMC). This support means they will be better equipped to help their children maximise their opportunities at school. The January/February time period is the busyiest time of the year for CSMC as they help mums with financial support and other advice to help them get their children ready for school. Teen mums doing it on their own could also really use a friendly network of women who have gone before them and are ready to help.
Membership is free and services provided are state-wide, visit www.csmc.org.auand join online to receive the free e-bulleting containing a wealth of information to help you.
CSMC have a telephone support line staffed by professional workers with lived experience of being a single mother. Phone 03 9654 0622 or outside Melbourne on 1300 552 511 between 9.30am-3.00pm Monday to Friday, or email email@example.com.
VCAL research project
Yesterday we started on a year long applied research project together to demonstrate the value of VCAL as a significant senior secondary pathway that supports young people firmly on their pathway to employment. Stay tuned for more information as this project progresses.
At Risk Youth working party
Last meeting for the year for the region’s At Risk Youth working group happened yesterday.
The meeting included a presentation from our colleague Bob Hope from the Skills and Jobs Centre. What a great resource for Geelong residents wanting some support with careers and employment preparation. Big thankyou to Gforce Employment Solutions for hosting us and to Brooke Ryan for sorting up some very last minute logistics!
Then a workshop was conducted, with our very own Storyteller Glenn Shea supported by Natalie from the Deakin Uni Aspire program.
Glenn is an educator, actor, playwright and entrepreneur AND a former youth justice worker! Today Glenn introduced The Storyteller board game and it’s multiple applications.
We all experienced lots of fun, built relationships and increased our cultural knowledge. I’m pretty sure Glenn will be invited to share The Storyteller with some of our local agencies.
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Have a great weekend
The Team at
Geelong Region LLEN
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