What networks and committees are available to join in Yarra?

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Yarra Youth Advisory Committee

The Yarra Youth Advisory Committee is made up of young people, Councillors and Yarra Youth Services staff. It provides us with advice regarding current issues for young people and the planning and delivery of youth programs and services in Yarra.

Committee members also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, and deliver projects, events and campaigns that shape how Yarra City Council supports young people in the community.

Check out the committee’s Terms of Reference 

Yarra Youth Providers Network (YYPN)

The Yarra Youth Providers Network is a network of professionals who work within the youth sector and schools in the City of Yarra, or who work with young people who reside in the City of Yarra.

The network meets quarterly at various locations, and provides:

  • professional development workshops for members, focusing on relevant issues affecting both young people and workers
  • the opportunity for professionals to network with other professionals
  • the opportunity to collaborate with other services and schools on programs and projects
  • the opportunity to promote upcoming programs, activities and events
  • the chance to chat with other like minded professionals about issues that may be presenting at work or with young people that you work with.

Morning tea is also provided, and it is free to join and attend.

Communities That Care (CTC)

Communities That Care is an evidence-based initiative aimed at building capacity within communities to improve the healthy development of children and young people.

CTC uses a public health approach to promote healthy development and prevent youth problem behaviours such as anti-social behaviour and/or early school leaving. CTC is grounded in rigorous research from the fields of public health, sociology, psychology, education, criminology, medicine and organisational development.

The CTC process brings together interested people in the community using a collective impact framework to effectively identify and address the specific needs facing children and young people within the local community. Steps include:

  • identifying and recruiting relevant community stakeholders and decision makers
  • developing a community profile based on a comprehensive youth survey
  • creating a long-range community action plan, including selection of evidence-based programs based on profile data
  • implementing and evaluating the community action plan

Following surveys with over 600 children and young people in Year 6 and Year 8 across the municipality, Yarra CTC developed an action plan that currently focuses on:

  • reducing underage alcohol and other drug use
  • improving middle years and young people’s personal resilience and wellbeing
  • strengthening family relationships and management.

Read the current 3-year Yarra CTC action plan.

To find out more about these networks and committees, contact the Coordinator, Youth & Middle Years at Yarra City Council on 9205 5555, or drop into the Youth Centre.