The Youth Coalition is regularly engaged in a number of short-term and on-going projects and partnerships; which relate to research, sector development, resources, workforce development, and other activities. The Youth Coalition takes a collaborative approach to all its work, in consulting and engaging with members and stakeholders on policy and advocacy opportunities; and in the development and implementation of sector development.

Current project-specific partnerships include:

  • Training and Professional Development Calendar: The bimonthly Training Calendar is produced by the Youth Coalition in partnership with the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT and the Mental Health Community Coalition ACT
  • Multicultural Youth Affairs Network ACT (MYAN)

Other key projects that have been previously implemented by the Youth Coalition include:

  • Living Skills Toolkit Pilot Project
  • National Youth Week
  • Youth Sector Workforce Profile Project
  • Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence
  • Under 10% Project
  • Comorbidity Bus Tours
  • ACT Alcohol and Other Drug Sector Project
  • Champions ACT
  • Young People and Gambling Project
  • Phonecard Project
  • Coloured Kit
  • Young Carers Project
  • Drugs in the Family Project
  • Ecstasy and Related Drugs Project

 

Project Aim

The Living Skills Toolkit Pilot Project is an action research based project aimed at developing a sustainable method of embedding living skills development for young people in the youth housing and homelessness, and broader youth services sector in the ACT.

Project Objectives

The objectives of the Project are to:

  • Undertake a Literature Review of existing models and delivery of Living Skills;
  • Facilitate an in depth consultation and engagement process involving young people, workers and experts in relation to best practice for Living Skills models and delivery;
  • To address recommendations of the Living Skills and Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Scheme Consultation Project Paper, Youth
  • Coalition of the ACT, July 2009;
  • Support the development of a toolkit for the delivery of Living Skills;
  • Facilitate and support the pilot implementation of the toolkit; and,
  • Undertake a full process and impact evaluation of the Project.

Click here to download more information about the Living Skills Toolkit Pilot Project.

Click here to download the Living Skills and Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Scheme Consultation Project Paper.

Click here to download the terms of reference for the Living Skills Toolkit Pilot Project Reference Group.

National Youth Week is an annual, weeklong celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. In the ACT, National Youth Week is coordinated by the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the ACT Government. National Youth Week 2016 was held from 8 – 17 April. Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.

National Youth Week Facebook Page

The ACT Youth Sector Workforce Profile Project was implemented in 2010 and aimed to support youth sector workforce planning and development, through developing a comprehensive workforce profile of the ACT youth sector. 140 individuals from 53 programs and agencies within the youth sector, including government agencies, participated in the Project; providing information on wages and conditions, training and professional development, and their future in the youth sector. This Project was self-funded by the Youth Coalition.

Click here to view the report Motivation, Money, Making a Difference: A Profile of the ACT Youth Sector Workforce.

The Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence was a project implemented in 2010, by Dr Justin Barker at the Youth Coalition, that was funded by ACT Health and the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

The research project and report aimed to investigate the experiences, perspectives and understandings of young people regarding alcohol related violence in Canberra. The Project examined the patterns of alcohol consumption, the value, and role attributed to alcohol and violence in the lives of young people who socialise in Civic.

This was a qualitative investigation that sought to not only obtain the subjective experiences and stories of the participants but also to engage the participants in an analysis of existing theories and models accounting for alcohol consumption and related behaviours by young people. The report is framed by the understanding that young people are capable of reflecting on, analysing and providing insights into their own behaviour and that of others; and situates this against other sets of data.

The findings of the research are specific to the ACT context of young people and alcohol related violence, and highlights the patterns of alcohol related violence for sub-groups of young people, the phases of alcohol related violence, and identifies specific approaches and initiatives that could be implemented in the ACT.

Click here to view the report Dutch Courage: Young People, Alcohol and Alcohol Related Violence.

The ACT Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Sector Project was a capacity building project that began in July 2007, and ended on 30 June 2010. The ACT AOD Sector Project was funded by ACT Health and aimed to build the capacity and identity of the AOD sector, foster intra and cross-sectoral relationships and improve outcomes while maintaining respect for the diversity of services and for people who are affected by AOD.

Examples of activities that took place under the ACT AOD Sector Project included:

  • Monthly eBulletins;
  • Monthly forums for workers from AOD services;
  • Development and maintenance of an AOD Services Directory;
  • Coordination of the ACT AOD Sector Workers’ Group;
  • Coordination of Drug Action Week in the ACT;
  • Coordination of the Annual ACT AOD Sector Conference, held during Drug Action Week;
  • Development of the bimonthly Training and Professional Development Calendar;
  • Coordination of the Annual ACT AOD Sector Awards;
  • Coordination of the ACT Comorbidity Project;
  • Coordination of the ACT AOD Sector Workforce Qualification and Remuneration Profiling Project; and,
  • Coordination of the ACT Minimum Qualification Strategy Project.

On 1 July 2010, the ACT AOD Sector Project transitioned to the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA), the peak body representing alcohol, tobacco and other drug services in the Australian Capital Territory. ATODA provides leadership, representation and information. As part of the transition process, the ACT AOD Sector Project developed a report in June 2010; Coming Together, Keeping Together, Working Together: How Stakeholders Collaborated for Sector Development and Change, which documents the history of the ACT AOD Sector Project.

Click here to view the report Coming Together, Keeping Together, Working Together: How Stakeholders Collaborated for Sector Development and Change.

Click here for more information about ATODA or contact (02) 6255 4070.

Young Carers Research Project (2005)

Funded by the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, this Project sought to discover more about the lived experiences, needs and goals of young carers in the ACT in an attempt to identify more responsible and accessible service delivery.

Click here to view the report Stop to Listen: Findings from the ACT Young Carers Research Project.

Click here to view the report Reading Between the Lines: Listening to Children and Young People about their Experiences of Young Caring.

Click here to view More Than Words: Supporting Young Carers and their Families.

The Coloured Kit: Empowering Young People who have a Parent with a Mental Illness/Dual Diagnosis and Their Families (2006)

The Coloured Kit is a resource that provides support and information for young people who have a parent with a mental illness/dual diagnosis and their families. It was produced as a collaboration between a group of experienced young people, the Youth Coalition of the ACT and the Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Project, Mental Health ACT; and launched by Ms Katy Gallagher MLA on 16 November 2006.

The Coloured Kit consists of three booklets: the Young People’s Section, the Workers’ Section, and the Support Services and Resources Section. These were revised and reprinted in 2007. Hardcopies of each booklet are available from the Youth Coalition office.

Click here to view Booklet 1: Young People’s Section*.

Click here to view Booklet 2: Workers’ Section**.

Click here to view Booklet 3: Support Services and Resources Section.

Ecstasy and Related Drugs Peer Education Research Project (2006/2007)

In 2006, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) secured funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and ACT Health, to investigate if peer-led interventions are able to educate ecstasy and related drugs (ERD) users about the specific risk of mixing ecstasy with other pharmaceuticals that stimulate serotonin production.

This research took place over the Australian summer of 2006/07 in four sites – Sydney, Adelaide, the ACT and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The study received approval from the University of NSW Human Research Ethics Committee. The Youth Coalition of the ACT coordinated the Canberra site.

18 young people volunteered to work as peer educators for the project in the ACT. They received training on alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy and related drugs. From this training the peer educators generated drug related harm minimisation messages for their peers. Both NDARC and the peers reviewed the messages to ensure their accuracy. A fact sheet and drug information cards were also developed to share these harm minimisation messages with a broader audience of young people and youth services across the ACT.

Partnerships were formed with venues and promoters and event organizers, who generously supported the project to attend 6 events at the Australian National University, University of Canberra and Indyfest between December 2006 and March 2007. The researchers and peers evaluated each event.

At these events, an information stall was set up and the peer educators provided information on a range of ERDs-related issues and safe partying. People visiting the stall were asked if they wanted to complete a questionnaire regarding the information they had received from the peer educators and any potential impact this may have on their future behaviour. A request for a three month follow-up interview was made. Those who agreed to be followed-up were contacted by phone over email and a second interview was conducted to identify if information had been retained and/or any behaviour change that may have eventuated as a result of the peer education.

Acknowledgements:

18 peer educators who generously volunteered for the project;

Annie Bleeker and Ed Sillins, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre;

Amanda Bode and Carrie Fowlie, Youth Coalition of the ACT;

Andrew Welling, Save-A-Mate, Redcross;

ACT Steering Committee;

Australian National University Bar;

University of Canberra Bar;

University of Canberra Students Association; and,

Indyfest.

Drugs in the Family Project (2005 – 2010)

The Drugs in the Family (DITF) Project was a five year project that ran from July 2005 to June 2010, funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs through the National Illicit Drug Strategy Strengthening and Supporting Families Coping with Illicit Drug Use funding policy.

The DITF Project aimed to support the improvement of service delivery in the alcohol and other drug, family support, mental health and youth sectors to young people and families affected by alcohol and other drug use. Key areas of the Project included information and resource development, training, and networking and linkages.

Examples of activities that took place through the DITF Project include:

  • Monthly Comorbidity Bus Tours of alcohol and other drug and mental health services;
  • Bimonthly Training and Professional Development Calendar;
  • Auspicing the Family and Adolescent Network;
  • Coordinating the Training and Professional Development Network;
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services in the ACT Directory 2006; and,
  • Providing support to other Youth Coalition sector development activities, including the Big Red Book, monthly forums and seminars, and training and professional development opportunities.
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