The room was buzzing with anticipation as Benalla students met with Tomorrow Today and Seer Data and Analytics, two organisations at the forefront of finding innovative ways to tackle social problems.
Two interactive workshops were held to identify issues in the Benalla community that matter to young people.
The range of issues identified included bullying, youth suicide, drug abuse, the environment, lack of entertainment for young people, and limited educational and employment opportunities.
The groups were guided through a series of questions to enable them to further explore each issue. They were encouraged to think through why each problem had not been solved already and what an ideal solution would look like.
Project coordinator Sally Matheson was thrilled with the level of engagement and interest from the students.
‘‘This project is providing Benalla’s young people with communication skills, digital literacy, and creative and problemsolving skills that are needed to survive and thrive in the workplace,’’ Ms Matheson said.
‘‘It is estimated that Australians will make 17 changes in employers across five different future.
‘‘It is critical that our young people develop a portfolio of flexible skills that will give them the greatest advantage when they enter the workforce.’’
The next step in the project will occur during the September school holidays.
The students will participate in a cocreation workshop with some of Australia’s top digital designers.
‘‘The focus will be on finding a digital solution to help solve the key issues that have been identified,’’ Ms Matheson said. careers in the not too distant
‘‘The young people are very excited about the next step in the project. They are looking forward to the opportunity to codesign apps and computer programs.’’
There is still an opportunity for young people to get involved in this design and problem-solving challenge.
The next workshop will be held on September 26 and places are available for six girls and four boys aged 13 to 16.
If you or someone you know would like to participate, phone the Tomorrow Today Foundation on 5762 1211 before September 7.
Engaged: Students take part in Tomorrow Today’s community digital project.