Big plans for Hume youth

Hume City Council will continue to fund Moving Forward to help vulnerable youth who are no longer at school and have been unable to secure employment.

The program, which lost Australian Government funding in 2014, forms a central plank of a draft youth strategy that will guide Council as it delivers and advocates for services that support young people.

The document is titled Insight, and residents are encouraged to provide feedback on its comprehensive plans that aim to assist youth across the next four years.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said the strategy demonstrated how committed Council was to young people.

“Hume City Council is very involved with youth because they represent the future of our community, and we want them to be proud of where they live,” Cr Atmaca said.

“There are 37,000 people in Hume aged between 12 and 24 years, and that represents almost one in five residents.

“Our young people inspire us to continually strive to do better, and they provide Hume with so much energy and vitality.”

The actions within Insight have been developed under four central themes, being engagement, participation, opportunity and celebration.

The draft strategy outlines how Council will:

• deliver youth programs in areas where they are needed, at youth centres in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Sunbury and Roxburgh Park, and at a community centre in Meadow Heights;
• maintain and grow its youth leaders program;
• work to entice more community agencies to Hume that offer tertiary services, youth accommodation, employment and training opportunities, and assistance with drug and alcohol issues; and
• advocate for state and federal governments to better coordinate services that support young people.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council would implement programs that made a difference to the lives of youth.

“We’ve spoken directly with young people to find out what they think Council needs to offer, and their responses have shaped our plans,” he said.

“In Broadmeadows, Hume will continue to work with the Jacana Football Club and the Essendon District Football League to help young people become AFL umpires, through a program that teaches leadership and enhances fitness.

“Council will make additional counselling time available in Craigieburn, where more and more youth will live in the coming years.

“We’ll also rejuvenate the band rehearsal space at the Sunbury Youth Centre, so that Hume’s talented musicians can practice close to home and at a low cost.”

Population data suggests that there will be 60,000 residents in Hume between the ages of 12 and 24 by the year 2040.

Cr Atmaca said Hume City Council would always maintain a close relationship with youth.

“We want every young person in our community to enjoy a positive life and have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said.

“Council offers a wide array of programs to help youth to develop confidence and self-esteem, and connect with others.

“Hume is a terrific place to live and we’re fortunate that so many young people call it home.”

Insight, Council’s draft youth strategy, is available here or in hard copy at a Hume customer service centre.

People are welcome to provide feedback about Insight via this form by Sunday 23 August 2015.

Submissions may be sent via mail to Youth Services, Hume City Council, PO Box 119, Dallas VIC 3047.

Updated : 11:44 AM, 28 July 2015

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