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Networks & e-lists

Networks and e-lists relating to youth work and youth research

AYIN (Australian Youth Information Network)

While YARN focuses on youth research (see below), AYIN list hopes to draw together many different strands of the youth field's practice. The AYIN email discussion list is broad-based in terms of topics and members. It is jointly by Anne Hugo (through the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, University of Tasmania), and Roger Holdsworth (through the Australian Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne). To join, or subscribe to, the AYIN list, simply send a blank email to: [email protected]. Then REPLY to the follow-up email confirmation request. When you send that reply, it confirms both that your email address is valid, and that you indeed wish to be on the AYIN list. More about AYIN:?



YARN (Youth Affairs Research Network)

YARN is an electronic network focusing on youth-related research. Launched in 1995 by Roger Holdsworth at the Australian Youth Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, it provides a gateway to research centres and individual researchers throughout Australia and to useful resources related to youth research.
YARN mailing list
is an electronic discussion group focusing on youth research. It has Australian and international members. To join the YARN Mailing List, send a message saying SUBSCRIBE YARN (in the text of the message) to: [email protected] NB: *Leave the subject line of the e-mail blank, and turn off any signature.


Email discussion lists in the youth field

General and research-focused lists:

Lists concentrating on specific topics:

  • Child abuse / Care and protection: childprotect
  • Drug and alcohol issues: Lists in this field are listed by the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) and the DrugInfo Clearinghouse alert services
  • Education: ACER email newsletters (Australian Council for Educational Research). Also see the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) web site)
  • Experiential education: see? outdoor education discussion lists
  • Employment: YES Discussion List:? A forum for dialogue and action for youth employment;
  • Family: see the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
  • 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 and the? 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.
  • Resilience; youth development: See the Search Institute web site for two email discussion groups on resilience/developmental assets. Also see their HCHY listserv, a discussion list is for those interested in the 'Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth' project and for those who wish to apply Search Institute's developmental assets framework in their community.
  • 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 issues: YARN (Young Australian Rural Network)?for rural youth
    A government initiative 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.?
  • Students and tertiary education: The (US) National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition has as its mission to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. It hosts five listservs designed to bring together a broad cross-section of faculty, academic administrators to discuss university transitions, their impact on student success, and interventions designed to maximize student success.
  • Transport: The Dusseldorp Skills Forum web site has a section called Transport for young people in rural and regional Australia which includes an interest group on youth transport issues.