Why is the City developing a new Youth Strategy?
The City of Melville is creating a new Youth Strategy to replace the previous version from 2016. The Strategy will set out a road map for a joint approach to supporting and engaging with youth, ensuring we continue to be a local government that values our young people - now and into the future. It is the City's key strategic document in regards to young people.
The Youth Strategy will seek to:
- Guide and focus the City's work with, and for, young people
- Ensure that the City delivers best practice services for young people and their families
- Utilise a strong evidence base to help the City better meet the needs and aspirations of our younger community
- Ensure that we actively engage with young people and are responsive to their needs
- Outline how we will enhance the wellbeing of young people.
Who are YACWA?
YACWA is the peak non-government youth organisation in Western Australia. YACWA operates primarily as a human rights organisation that seeks to address the exclusion of young people in a rapidly changing society.
YACWA’s continued vision for Western Australia is one that celebrates and engages young people in all aspects of the community.
Community consultation to develop the Youth Strategy was delivered from June to August 2021 and included:
- A print and online survey for young people aged 12 to 25
- An online survey for parents and caregivers
- Four youth workshops—three in partnership with organisations and one Young Changemaker event at AH Bracks Library
- A postcard campaign with the single question ‘What is your one wild idea?’
- An art competition with the themes of places, memories, connection, and the future
- One on one conversations with organisations and services
- Two staff workshops
Information about development of the Strategy, including the opportunity to participate, was delivered to the community through multiple City channels, including the City’s website, the City’s Facebook and Instagram pages, the Melville Matters and Melville Talks e-News and posters in City libraries, community centres and recreation centres. Other methods included direct engagement with local schools, Murdoch University, sporting organisations and community groups, social media promotion on community Facebook pages, and promotion of the survey by the young peer researchers.
Public comment on the draft strategy closed on Sunday, 7 November 2021. Twp submissions were received.
About the role
As a peer researcher, you will help us design and deliver a youth survey, workshop activities, postcard campaign and art competition. You will then go out and survey approximately 30 young people aged 12 to 25. You may also have an opportunity to co-facilitate youth workshops (if that interests you) and importantly we'll seek your advice on how to promote and market this project to young people.
This is a unique opportunity to develop your experience and skills, while helping the City understand the issues that are important to young people in the community. Training will be provided.
You will need to commit to each phase of the project including training, survey delivery, co-design and debriefing. There are three key sessions you will need to attend, and the fourth session is optional:
- Training and co-design session 1 (4 hours) – Saturday 12 June, 10.00am to 2.00pm
- Training and co-design session 2 (3 hours) – Saturday 19 June, 1.00pm to 4.00pm
- Consultation de-brief (2 hours) – Wednesday 21 July 5.30pm to 7.30pm
- Young Change maker workshop (optional) (3 hours) – TBC
The survey delivery phase will run from Tuesday 22 June to Sunday 18 July, and you will need to gather 30 surveys from young people in that time.
You will also need to participate in one of the following elements (that you can choose depending on your skills and interests):
- Help design a promotional video
- Judge the art competition
- Present findings to council and/or City staff
What do you receive as a peer researcher?
As a peer researcher you will receive $600 for your work if you attend all training sessions, deliver the full number of surveys, and participate in one other element. You will be paid $200 on delivery of the first 15 surveys, $200 for the next 15 surveys and $200 after you attend the debrief session and complete the final element.
We will provide you with training on a variety of topics, including effective consultation, managing difficult discussions and confidentiality. You will receive food and drinks at all the training sessions and a certificate of completion (which can be included on your resume)
Who is eligible to be a peer researcher?
To be eligible you must meet all the following criteria:
- Be between 16 and 25 years old (when you apply)
- Live, work, study, recreate or volunteer in the City of Melville (if you do not meet these criteria but you spend a considerable amount of time in the City, then your application may be considered)
- Have an interest in issues that face young people and a willingness to share ideas
- Be able to confidently communicate with young people from a variety of backgrounds
- Be able to commit to all the training sessions and deliver surveys in the timeframe outlined above
- Be willing to apply for a Working with Children Check if you are aged 18 or over (the application fee will be paid for and we will help you with this process)
- Have parental consent to participate if you are under the age of 18