'Engaging Students in Engaging Schools: Lessons from Queensland’s Alternative Education Sector' research report was launched at the Parliament House on 11th October 2017.
Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) launched this report which builds upon a pilot study that was conducted for YANQ in 2010. In that study we collected data from a small, diverse group of alternative schools in South-East Queensland. We identified some of the practices that had worked to engage marginalised young people facing very difficult life circumstances back into learning. This Australian Research Council funded project was able to build upon that pilot study by adding regional and rural case study alternative schools that cater to the needs of some of the most marginalised young people in Queensland.
Qld Youth Sector Survey 2017
YANQ has received interim funding from Department of Communities to maintain our connection with the youth sector whilst seeking recurrent funding.
This is an opportunity for you to help shape YANQ’s future as the peak body for the youth sector in Queensland. The following survey aims to find out what you believe should be YANQ’s main roles. How can we best support the youth sector and young people? What is the best structure for undertaking this work? What do you think our priority work areas should be?
We have tried to keep the survey as brief as possible … but please do not hesitate to raise any other issues and ideas in the space provided at the end.
Please share this survey far and wide in the youth sector. It is now 4 years since YANQ was totally defunded and during this time many new workers have joined the sector who may not have even heard about YANQ. We want to hear from as many youth workers and managers/coordinators as possible.
By completing the survey you will become eligible to enter the draw with an opportunity to win one of the three $30 book vouchers from Avid Reader. If you would like to enter the draw, please complete the survey and enter your details at the end. All answers will be de-identified.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YANQ
You are hereby invited to the 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland Inc.
Where: 326 Montague Road, West End, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 1 December 2016
Time: 3:30 pm
RSVP: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brotherhood of St Laurence has been funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research to undertake research to learn about the factors that help or hinder a young early school leaver’s experience with vocational education, using Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland as their case study sites. YANQ has been assisting with this research by being a member of the Advisory Group and connecting the researchers with relevant service providers in Queensland.
Some of you (service providers) may have already participated and contributed to this research. Having consulted with organizations who interact with young people in each state the researchers are now commencing fieldwork with the aim of engaging early school leavers directly, and to listen to and record their views on vocational training - whether or not they’ve actually undertaken training.
To undertake this work the Brotherhood of St Laurence has sought assistance from YANQ members and/or our affiliates (they are focusing on the south east Qld, and up to Cairns), and we are hopeful that you may help.
Specifically, they are wondering whether you may help in one or more ways, perhaps by:
At this stage they are hoping to undertake this fieldwork through September, at times convenient to the ‘host’ or partner agency.
They researchers have organised to use the facilities at the Youth Development Foundation based in North Brisbane between Mon 12th - Fri 16th Sept. This certainly does not preclude them visiting your own services, if that’s what you may have in mind, but having access to YDF may in fact make things more convenient: perhaps as a location where they can engage with you and/or your clients and hold focus groups etc.
They have indicated that they are open to any alternative suggestions and arrangements as well.
If you can assist us with this important research please email email@example.com and we will put you in contact with the researchers at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Thanking you in advance in anticipation of your assistance.
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