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Overview of v.27, n.1, March 2008:
A new year, an apology, a new government. We are excited that youth is back on the agenda, and we feel it is timely that the original research in these six papers focuses on serious youth issues that are of concern not only to researchers, but also to politicians, policy-makers, service providers and the general public:
1. The bleedin" obvious: Long-term support reconnects at-risk young people
We lead with hard-hitting research which suggests that governments need to work with non-government service providers to supply sustained, committed and non-judgmental support for young people leaving state care. Whitelion researcher Alistair Lemmon has found that the combined efforts of service providers within and outside "the system" can work for young people who lack family support
2. Youth homelessness 2006
While this paper reveals that there has been a decrease in youth homelessness, largely as a result of the implementation of programs that have reconnected families, David MacKenzie and Chris Chamberlain stress that rates of homelessness are still high among Indigenous youth, young people from single parent and blended families and, not surprisingly, teenagers who have been in state care and protection.
3. Financial management and young Australian workers
In times of increasing inequity between the financially secure and the financially insecure in Australian society, this research indicates that we need to find ways of improving young workers" financial literacy and management skills as many are in serious financial difficulty.
4. Hanging in there: What makes a difference in the first year of an apprenticeship
Given the widespread concern in Australia about our skill shortages, it is very pertinent to ask why young people quit apprenticeships within the first year. Interestingly, this research suggests that leaving school early and lack of family support may be factors that affect apprentices" ability to stay the distance.
5. The PATS peer support program: Prevention/early intervention for adolescents who have a parent with a mental illness
Young people who care for a parent with a mental illness are more likely than other young people to develop a mental illness themselves. This paper describes a program involving expert information, youth participation, peer support and ongoing participation, which provides a model for successful prevention/early intervention for these young carers.
6. Playing for the future: The role of sport and recreation in supporting refugee young people to "settle well" in Australia
While the benefits of sport in helping refugee young people to "settle well" are considerable, and include information sharing, participation and building trust, this research stresses that other resettlement needs, such as accommodation, education, training and family support, must not be neglected.
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