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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

Chance to develope young Indigenous leaders

The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) is taking applications for the 2014 National Gathering, where participants will develop, launch and lead national campaigns for social change. Original article

21 Jan 2014

Dr YES - WA youth health education program

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

20 Jan 2014

Sharp drop in crime committed by WA's worst young offenders

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

20 Jan 2014

Peer-delivered information on ecstacy and methamphetamine use

A recent study published in the Journal of Addiction and Prevention reviews the effectiveness of peer-delivered information at music events. Original article

20 Jan 2014

Youth crime top priority for QLD government

In a media statement, the Queenland Government has said that it is promising tough reforms to the Youth Justice Act will be pushed through as a matter of urgency when the Queensland Parliament resumes in February. Original article

20 Jan 2014

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