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Our journal, Youth Studies Australia, is issued quarterly in March, June, September and December.


Email discussion lists about youth:

1. Research-focused:

  • YARN (Youth Affairs Research Network)
    See details on this site | Go straight to YARN
  • European Sociologist E-mail List: For a description of this list which forms part of the activities of the Research Network 'Youth and Generation' of the European Sociological Association, see: website.
  • RC34: International Sociological Association (ISA)
    Research Committee on Sociology of Youth is for members only; see websites
  • Also see list of subject-focused lists, below.

2. Information-sharing, youthwork-focused:

  • AYIN (Australian Youth Information Network)
3. For young people themselves:
  • YouthGAS, an Australian email discussion group for young people and the youth sector. Initiated and maintained by Richard Lenn. See web site.
  • TakingITGlobal
  • The YES Discussion List provides an important forum for dialogue and action for youth employment. See web site.
  • ygals-online list is a private list managed by YWCA of Australia. See web site.
  • youthaustralia, an eGroup for young Australians for advertising opportunities of youth advocacy and participation, is not active at present. See web site
  • UN: see Youth at the United Nations

Subject-focused e-lists:

Child abuse / Care and protection: the childprotect list provides a venue for the discussion of child abuse prevention and child protection research, policy and practice issues. It is managed by the National Child Protection Clearinghouse at the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Drug and alcohol issues: See

Education news: ACER email newsletters (Australian Council for Educational Research)
Also see the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST web site) and select from the lists you require.

Family: see the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS web site) for lists such as: aifs-alert, an email announcements list of what's new at the Institute; childprotect, for professionals involved in child abuse prevention, managed by the National Child Protection Clearinghouse at the AIFS; MARE, for discussion of marriage and relationship education

History: H-Childhood is an edited electronic network (based in the USA) focused on the history of childhood and youth. The network is co-sponsored by the Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY) and H-Net.

Mental health

AICAFMHA Youth Participation List -- hosted by the Australian Infant Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association -- provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding the development of a youth participation strategy for selected Australian Government-funded mental health projects. See details.

Also see the general AICAFMHA Discussion List (Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd)

MindMatters discussion group is an electronic communication network for teachers and health and mental health professionals.

Rights: The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission provides numerous email discussion lists concerning children and youth, indigenous people, and concerning issues such as disability, discrimination, and racial discrimination. (Link to HREOC)

Rural affairs: The Young Australian Rural Network, a government initiative, is discussion forum allowing participants to seek advice, express an opinion, meet others from the rural industry or region, make business contacts. It was developed in partnership with participants of the Young People in Rural Industries program. See web site.

Transport: The Dusseldorp Skills Forum web site has a section called Transport for young people in rural and regional Australia. It gives information about transport projects aimed at young people both in Australia and overseas and links to other relevant transport sites, including the 'youth transport' email list. To join that list, contact its list manager via email: [email protected] or ph: (07) 5561 0112.

Overseas lists relevant to youth studies in Australia:

HCHY Listserv: Managed by the USA-based Search Institute, this discussion list is for those interested in the "Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth" project to exchange information and for those who wish to apply Search Institute's developmental assets framework in their community. To subscribe, see the Search Institute web site.

CYC-NET - the International Child and Youth Care Network - is a discussion group on child and youth care, with subscribers from around the globe, and also the name of a web site and online magazine. CYC-Net is managed by Brian Gannon of the National Association of Child Care Workers in South Africa, editor of the journal, Child and Youth Care. CYC-net is sponsored and maintained by the National Association of Child Care Workers, South Africa. See web site.

E-Youth Opinion is the email newsletter of the European Youth Forum. To subscribe, contact Jorge Camara, email: [email protected]

UN Youth Flash, a new service of the UN Program on Youth 'keeping you up to date on the youth agenda of the UN and partnering youth organizations around the world'. Join or leave UN Youth Flash by sending an email to [email protected] with either subscribe or unsubscribe in the subject line as need be.

Resilience; Youth development: See the Search Institute web site for two email discussion groups on resilience/developmental assets.

The (US) National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition aims to help first-year college students and all students in transition. The site also hosts four email discussion lists on transitions. More information

Experiential education: see list of adventure / outdoor education discussion lists