Youth strategy to guide council decisions over the next five years
THE Mansfield Shire Council is developing a youth strategy that will help guide council’s decision making process over the next five years.
Identified as a necessary action in the council plan, the strategy should be completed by the end of this year.
“The strategy will be a vital document which will articulate and guide council’s role in supporting better outcomes for the young people of Mansfield Shire over the next five years,” Mansfield Shire Council community development leader, Kirsten Lingard, said.
“It’s also a way for council to determine what the youth of Mansfield want to see happen in their shire.
“To help council compile the strategy there are a number of surveys, and there will also be focus groups.
“The information will be collated, and then used to develop actions and future projects for council.”
A youth survey has already been circulated online and in hard copy form, with young people asked to answer a variety of questions, covering everything from future careers to what is considered the best and worst things about living in Mansfield.
“The Youth Strategy will help us better understand young people’s strengths, challenges and aspirations for the future, and to gain greater insight into their goals and needs,” Ms Lingard said.
Anyone between the ages of 12 and 25 is considered to be a youth in Mansfield.
“One of the difficult ages to capture in a survey is those aged 18-25,” Ms Lingard said.
“One strategy we are using to capture this age group is to ask local businesses who employ young people to ask them to complete the survey.
“There are also a number of other surveys targeting young people aged 12-18, young people aged 19-25, parents, carers or community members and youth service providers.”
If you would like to take part in the survey, please visit www. mansfield.vic.gov.au.
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