Youth Engagement - A Community's Responsibility

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Dandenong Civic Centre

225 Lonsdale Street

Dandenong, VIC 3175


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Explore youth engagement in the context of education, employment, community, culture and family. Featuring case studies, recent research and strategies for your own practice, as well as opportunities to network with other workers in the Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong region.

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This event is offered FREE to professionals working with young people in the City of Casey, Cardinia Shire or City of Greater Dandenong.

Places are limited, so please book early. If you are unable to attend, please notify the event organiser so that your place may be allocated to someone on the waiting list.

There is a limit of 5 tickets per organisation/agency.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


Key Note Speaker: Jarryd Williams, General Manager Youth Programs - STREAT

STREAT is a social enterprise providing valuable training, work experience and life skills to some of Victoria’s most vulnerable young people. Since 2010, STREAT have trained and supported over 500 young people, serving meals and coffee to over 1.5 million customers! Currently the General Manager Youth Programs at STREAT, Jarryd is a multiple-award winning youth worker and youth engagement professional who has worked throughout Australia and the United States (California and Texas).

Learn more about the STREAT model for engaging and supporting young people and be inspired by their passion for social justice.


Session 1:

Option A: Keeping Young People Engaged in School - Addressing Absenteeism

A presentation of recent research commissioned by the Southern Melbourne Child and Youth Area Partnership, and conducted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. What are the causes of school absenteeism, and what work is underway to address this? How can the youth sector support young people to remain engaged in education?

Presented by: Department of Health and Human Services, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Option B: Engaging Young People in Community Conversations

Seeing a need in their community, young people are leading the way in creating solutions for their peers. Hear from these inspiring young leaders and social entrepreneurs about how they define community, and what they see as some of the challenges and enablers for young people to feel connected to their community.

This will be a youth-led session. (Presenters to be confirmed)

Session 2:

Option A: Engaging Families to Support Young People

Meaningful engagement with a young person's parents or family can be critical to improving outcomes for your clients. However this work can also present numerous challenges. Develop strategies for understanding and working with families.

Presented by: Leah Walton, ELMHS

Option B: The Impact of Family Violence on a Young Person's Engagement

Family violence can impact on a young person in a variety of ways, including school attendance, housing insecurity and social isolation. How can youth workers best support young people who have been impacted by family violence to remain engaged with education, employment, peers and community?

Presented by: Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Session 3:

Option A: Approaching Youth Engagement Through A Cultural Lens

Explore the role of culture in engaging young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. How can youth workers help young people to connect with and express their cultural identity? And why does it matter? Find out more about how to provide a culturally inclusive and responsive service for young people.

Presented by: Centre for Multicultural Youth

Option B: Indigenous Youth Engagement

How can outcomes be improved for Indigenous young people? Explore strategies for cultural safety when working with Indigenous young people. Learn more about the role of Indigenous culture and how to strengthen your engagement with Indigenous youth.

Presented by: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc.

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