Theme 6: Youth

YOUTH – Fraser Coast community social plan update

An update on the topic of ‘Youth’ presented by Adam Hughes from Fraser Coast Regional Council and Youth Alliance.

StrategyActionIdentified CommunitiesCurrent Contacts / Current Status
6.1 Acknowledge the skills and talents of our young people and encourage them to reach their potential6.1.1 Promote youth involvement in community activities and decision making Across Region Across RegionReconnect works with young people aged 12 to 18 who are at risk of homelessness. This program assists with young people who remain in their family home to overcome conflict, strengthen communication and work through the challenges of their changing family role.

Our Voice Industry Ready Tick – 10 week program delivering training and employment pathways for youth.

PCYC Hervey Bay offers a range of youth programs

Carinity Education Glendyne – alternative schooling option

Queensland Youth Parliament has representatives for both Hervey Bay and Maryborough electorates.

Fraser Coast Youth Advisory Council established to provide advice on regional youth issues.

Fraser Coast School Captains Network Breakfast – facilitated by Council.

Bay Alley launched at the Neighbourhood Hive in July 2021. This project has been completely led by young people and the aim is to establish a safe space where they can meet that isn’t a pub or a club.

Youth First Aid project has been developed in partnership between HBNC and the University of Queensland Rural Doctors Service with seed funding from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation. This program will be rolled out towards the end of 2021.
6.1.2 Provide a safe space for youth to interact socially and share ideas and ambitionsYouth Garage now operating on a weekly basis at the Neighbourhood Hive – for young people aged 12 to 17.

Fraser Coast Youth Forum is an opportunity to bring forth the issues of the youth in The Fraser Coast to the forefront.
6.2 Support youth through the provision of activities, services and information6.2.1 Work with youth of each community to develop a program of activities relative to each communityTiaro, Toogoom, Maryborough, Howard, Hervey Bay. PCYC Hervey Bay offers a range of sporting and fitness options.
6.2.2 Investigate the fit out of a vehicle to provide outreach services to youth in the smaller communitiesOngoing
6.2.3 Encourage indigenous youth to learn their local language and culture and share this knowledgeIndigenous CommunityThe Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers program facilitate a Junior Rangers program in conjunction with local schools.
Butchulla language dictionary has been produced.
6.2.4 Celebrate the academic achievements of our youthFraser Coast Youth Achievement Awards facilitated by Maryborough Neighbouhood Centre

Most schools have academic rewards programs
6.3 Promote educational achievement as a desirable goal6.3.1 Establish and support a variety of alternate education solutions for youth who find school routines challenging or have disengaged from formal schooling Hervey Bay, Glenwood, Toogoom.6.3.1 Establish and support a variety of alternate education solutions for youth who find school routines challenging or have disengaged from formal schooling Hervey Bay, Glenwood, Toogoom. There are many different types of alternative education, some of these can include:
• Home schooling
• Online schooling
• TAFE
• University Headstart programs
• Private schooling

Our Voice

Transition 2 Success (T2S) is a program that aims to help young people who are:
• over 15 years old
• in the youth justice system—or considered at risk of entering it.

Aggression Replacement Training Program (ART) helps young people to deal with their anger and aggression.
6.3.2 Support parents who have chosen home schooling for their youth Across RegionExisting home school network on the Fraser Coast.

Home Education Association (HEA) supports and provides services for Australian home educators.

Parents who home school their children access many community services and programs such as Fraser Coast Libraries, HBNC Culture Caf, and the Local Learning Network.
6.4 Support young people experiencing vulnerability6.4.1 Work with schools to provide regular motivational speakers at both primary and secondary school level Hervey Bay, MaryboroughMany external presenter programs for schools have been cancelled or put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Local Learning Network did host an International Women’s Day
6.4.2 Create and promote a ‘one stop shop’ for information services for disadvantaged youth Reconnect works with young people aged 12 to 18 who are at risk of homelessness. This program assists with young people who remain in their family home to overcome conflict, strengthen communication and work through the challenges of their changing family role.

Headspace Hervey Bay provides free to low cost* health services for young people 12-25 years old on the Fraser Coast. We are an inclusive service and does not discriminate regardless of race, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
6.4.3 Identify and address issues in relation to homelessness including crisis and transitional accommodation The Fraser Coast Youth Homelessness Survey 2020 results show 13% of Fraser Coast youth have been homeless at some point. This is an increase of 7.8% from 2019.

The Fraser Coast Youth Street Team is a mobile youth support service currently servicing Hervey Bay on a Thursday evening.
Youth workers are out and about and drop in to known youth hotspots providing our kids with an independent person to talk to and make formal referrals to youth service when necessary. The team also carries food, care packages and street swags.

Red Cross Youth Homelessness and Reintegration Service (YHARS) supports young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness with developing skills, social connections and employment opportunities.
6.4.4 Implement a Youth Initiative Program or similar to be provided at no cost to participants
6.5 Support young people prepare for and remain in employment locally6.5.1 Support and encourage youth who are entrepreneurial with their ideas to achieve outcomes The HBNC Dignity First Project was developed to implement innovative and sustainable ways to reduce and prevent homelessness as well as the social issues that contribute to homelessness (such as unemployment) in our region. In particular, there was a focus on youth due to the Fraser Coast having the highest youth unemployment rate in Queensland.
6.5.2 Work with local businesses to identify possible job and intern opportunities that become available and ways to advise the youth communityOur Voice, Industry Ready Tick is a 10-week training and employment pathway for young people. The program includes site visits and work experience.
The Wide Bay Burnett Community Development Network has included local employment as a key issue….
6.5.3 Create and promote youth social enterprise hubs with business mentors available to assistSocial enterprise was incorporated into the Dignity First Project.