YOUTH IN CHARGE
EMPOWERING YOUTH INITIATIVES 2017–2019
Eight Backswing projects were delivered as part of the Australian Government's Empowering YOUth Initiative, auspiced by Colony 47 in Southern Tasmania. Each Backswing project ran for 18-weeks.
Backswing provided out-of-work youth with real workplace skills and experience in project management. Each Backswing team devised and delivered an information campaign to address an important local community issue.
76% of the participants who completed a Backswing project achieved a job placement, work experience placement and/or commenced Certificate II/III training.
THE REAL YOUTH SURVIVAL REPORT 2019 and 2020
TRANSITION TO WORK
Two groups of young people worked on these Backswing projects at Colony 47's Transition to Work program as part of the Anti-Poverty Week in 2019 and 2020.
In 2020, the group focused on young people’s living conditions. Working twice a week for a period of five weeks, the group developed a survey that was published on Facebook. The outcomes were presented to politicians and the media at Anti-Poverty Week in form of a report and a video.
35% of the respondents experienced being homeless. 38% saw themselves being at risk of becoming homeless. Alarmingly 47% stated that their living condition has a negative impact on their mental health with 14% said that their living condition is the main reason they struggle with mental health issues.
In 2019, the group wanted to get a better idea of how young people manage their Youth Allowance or Newstart (now ‘JobSeeker’) payments. Over a period of 8 weeks, the participants developed a survey and received 66 responses from young people across Tasmania between 15-24 years of age. The confronting insights were presented by the young people to politicians at Parliament House in Hobart.
Shockingly 36% stated that they have stolen at least once to feed themselves. 75% had to skip a meal because they were out of money. 85% experienced financial stress. More than 60% stated that they face barriers in finding work because of their financial situation. And alarmingly almost 50% see themselves at risk of becoming homeless.
EMPOWERING YOUTH INITIATIVES
Topic: Promoting healthy eating
A group of young people in Glenorchy and surrounding suburbs raised awareness around the topic of healthy eating.
The team developed a campaign to improve young people’s health through better food choices.
Topic: Supporting youth into employment
A group for young people in Sorell and the surrounding areas have been tackling the issue of youth unemployment.
The campaign encouraged community members to become driver mentors to provide driving practice for learner drivers.
HOBART PROJECT 2018
Topic: Improving Young People‘s Health
A group of young people from Hobart and surrounding suburbs developed a campaign to improve young people’s mental and physical resilience. The team developed 'Havago', an online platform.
The aim was to promote different paths to improve health and well-being.
HUON VALLEY PROJECT 2018
Topic: Promoting a healthy environment
A group of young people from the Huon Valley developed a campaign to improve the environmental condition of our local waterways. The team organised a family activity day under the brand 'Riverside'.
The team promoted the importance of frogs and how they are a warning indicator of the health of our waterways.
GLENORCHY PROJECT 2018
Topic: Protecting families in our community
A group of young people from Glenorchy and surrounding suburbs took on the challenge to tackle the issue of isolation and immobility. 'Spark Plug' is the name of the campaign.
The team wants to make a difference in their community by helping low-income earners overcome the barriers in getting a drivers or a motorbike licence.
SORELL PROJECT 2018
Topic: Keeping our roads safe
A group of young people from Sorell and the surrounding area developed 'Don't Run', an awareness campaign on drivers safety.
The team decided to tackle the issue of police evasion in their community. The key message of the campaign is to focus on the most important things to do when the police request a car to stop.
HOBART PROJECT 2017
Topic: Connecting the generatIons in our community
A group of young people from Hobart, Kingborough and the Eastern Shore developed the campaign 'Commuknitty'.
The aim was to bring generations together and build a stronger community. The group has organised an interactive knitting event which was about sharing knitting skills and sharing tips and tricks about technology.
HUON VALLEY PROJECT 2017
Topics: The impact of drugs on our community
A group of young people from the Huon Valley has developed the campaign 'Up in Smoke'.
The aim was to raise awareness about the impact of drugs on communities. The group has developed a campaign that compares the monetary cost of smoking cigarettes to the costs of buying a car, taking holidays or even pay the mortgage on a house.