Participation, citizenship and volunteering
This topic covers 3 related areas:
Participation - the involvement of young people in society, including decision making and leadership roles. Participation also encompasses the way young people are engaged in the programs and services designed to support them.
Citizenship - the involvement of young people in political and community issues.
Volunteering - the involvement of young people in charities and other programs designed to help those around them.
The Australian Youth Foundation (which became the Foundation for Young Australians) defined youth participation in 1996 as the process of "developing partnerships between young people and adults in all areas of life so young people can take a valued position in our society and the community as a whole, and can benefit from their contribution, ideas and energy".
Foundation for Young Australians website: www.fya.org.au
Dr YES (youth education sessions) is a program run by the West Australian Medical Association where medical students go out to metropolitan and rural high schools to have open and engaging communications about the big issues facing youth health - particularly alcohol and drugs, mental health and sexual health. Original article
Police have described a substantial drop in the amount of crime committed by some of WA's worst young offenders in the past 12 months as "extraordinary", adding that diverting the teenagers into behaviour management programs has helped. Original article
A recent study published in the Journal of Addiction and Prevention reviews the effectiveness of peer-delivered information at music events. Original article