Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, Kate Ellis today joined more than 60 young people at the Shout Out Youth Summit in Adelaide today, hosted by the Youth Connections National Network.
Ms Ellis said the Shout Out event series is a fantastic opportunity for young people to share their stories about experiences they have had with education and meet their local leaders.
“Today it is about the young people of Adelaide, we want to hear how we can deliver better services to help you finish your education and build bright futures for yourselves,” Ms Ellis said.
“It is your voice that will have an impact on how government services are delivered right across the country.
The participants discussed their personal experiences with Youth Connections and how it has helped them to overcome barriers to engaging in education or getting back into school.
“I read and see stories in the media everyday about how hard it is being a young person today, issues like cyber bullying, financial pressures, drugs, mental health and family issues can all make the transition to adulthood a difficult one,” Ms Ellis said.
“In fact we know that 25 per cent of young people in the Youth Connections program have suffered from bullying.
Ms Ellis said they were also asked to complete a survey, which will help the Australian Government to shape its future policies and programs for youth.
Since the start of Youth Connections in 2010, more than 55,000 young people from around Australia have received tailored support to help them take control of their lives.
“The situation of every participant is different. For example, a girl named Anna was bullied by a student and was afraid to return to school. Youth Connections helped her overcome her fears through volunteer work.”
Hundreds of participants, who’ve experienced some form of marginalisation, have already participated in the Shout Out series.
Minister Peter Garrett launched the first Shout Out Summit in Sydney back in July, which has since then, travelled to Alice Springs, Darwin, Manjimup, Perth, south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, mid-north South Australia and now Adelaide.
Still to come are events in Melbourne and Tasmania. The series will finish on 21 November in Griffith, New South Wales.
Youth Connections is a part of the Australian Government’s Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership, which works with young people who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging from education.
“Youth Connections is helping to inspire young people to keep trying, to keep believing and keep pursuing their dreams.”
For more information on the Youth Connections program visit: www.youth.gov.au/transitions
Minister Ellis’ media contact: Nathan Moir 0400 970 213
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