STOP PRESS - Qld Youth Sector Forum 2020
YANQ in partnership with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women will host a one-day youth sector forum on Friday 15 May 2020 in Brisbane. The forum will focus on building relationships and improving the lives of young people. Further information will be circulated shortly. In the meantime, please book this date in your diary and share this information with your contacts in the youth sector.
Call for presentations - Qld Youth Sector forum 2020
The Youth Affairs Network Qld in partnership with the Queensland Government announce a call for workshop and presentations for the Qld Youth Sector Forum.
This is the first State-wide youth sector gathering since 2014, reigniting the strong tradition of biennial youth affairs conferences in Queensland dating back to early 90’s. The Forum will explore the complex environment of the youth services sector through unpacking new research and thinking in youth work practices, workforce development innovations and community and government service provision priorities. Sharing of ideas, knowledge, possibilities and solutions across the human services sector will provide an exciting and challenging Forum program.
The 2020 Qld Youth Sector Forum will aim to highlight the importance of building relationships in improving the lives of young people. The Forum will be an opportunity to network with other youth workers and explore collectively how we can achieve greater networking, integration and innovation within the youth sector to overcome barriers to access, particularly for marginalised young people.
PURPOSE AND OUTCOMES
The forum will focus on strengthening collaboration across the sector and building on the Government’s commitment to meaningful and purposeful engagement of young Queenslanders on matters which impact them.
The forum will aim to identify 3-5 practical and meaningful action points with ‘shared ownership’ as the core outcome. To ensure meaningful and purposeful outcomes, discussions will have a primary focus on identifying and harnessing opportunities through collaboration, whilst also allowing time for sharing on perceived gaps/challenges.
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Sector organisations and academics are invited to develop lead workshop breakout sessions in areas of interest/expertise. Each workshop will run for 1 hour with time being split between presentations (up to 30 mins) and facilitated discussion (around 30mins).
In order to support the identification of practical and meaningful action points, presentation and Workshops will be asked to consider:
- ways of designing innovative solutions to complex matters
- improving supports for young people to navigate the system
- what about our practice needs to change and ideas for ongoing development and collaboration
Given the time available priority areas have been identified. Workshops should focus on: What would it take for youth workers to effectively support highly marginalised young people in the following areas:
- sexual violence prevention
- addressing youth homelessness
- access to training opportunities
- driving improved employment outcomes
- re-engagement of disengaged youth
- mental health – e.g. suicide prevention, promoting healthy futures
- youth justice.
WHO WILL ATTEND
The youth sector is made up of a broad range of service providers in the community and government sectors, and includes practitioners, managers and volunteers who cover a diverse range of service delivery purposes and practices. Those attending the conference may include:
· Youth Workers and other professionals working with young people
· Community based not-for-profit services
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth workers and community services
· Government agencies in both their service delivery and policy roles
· Church and charitable organisations that have a number of youth services across the state
· Peak organisations and representative groups from across the industries
· Universities and other research institutions
· Anyone working with young people or interested in the youth sector
EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN PRESENTING
All submissions will be considered by the Forum Steering Committee, and priority will be given to those that best achieve conference objectives. The Forum Steering Committee may also directly approach people with experience and expertise in a particular area if inadequate submissions are received for a priority topic.
To submit an expression of interest in giving a presentation, conducting a workshop or proposing a panel discussion, complete the proposal form by following this link
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 4th March 2020.
Proposers will be notified of acceptance by 18th March 2020.
For queries contact: Siyavash Doostkhah 0407 655 785.