ACT Policing’s Crime Prevention Team has this week launched a new family violence campaign as part of National Youth Week celebrations which commence this weekend (April 10). The ‘You Can Speak Out’ campaign aims to raise youth awareness on family violence issues that affect young people within our community and to encourage young people to speak out and report family violence incidents to police.
ACT Policing will be targeting underage drinking and anti-social behaviour at Skyfire tomorrow night (Saturday, March 20), with parents urged to be aware of their children’s whereabouts at all times. An estimated 130,000 people attended last year’s Skyfire event over Lake Burley Griffin. Of the large crowd, only one adult male was lodged in the Regional Watch House for being intoxicated and disorderly in a public place. However police detained approximately 40 juveniles for intoxication and/or underage drinking. These minors were held in temporary youth detention areas at the venue, and parents were called to collect them from the event.
The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a national measure of how children are developing in communities at school entry. All ACT kindergarten children were surveyed in 2009 through a teacher completed checklist. Results for communities across Australia are available on the AEDI website. Meetings to share the North Canberra AEDI results with the northside community will be held at Northside Community Services, Rosevaar Place, Dickson on the following dates and times: Monday 15 February 2010 (9.00 to 10.30 am) Monday 1 March 2010 (7.00 to 8.30 pm) All community members interested in children’s development are welcome.
Make Poverty History is on a national search for young leaders passionate about making a difference. This May over 1000 people aged 16-26 will take to the road to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY. Leaving from every capital city these ambassadors for global change will travel across the country, journeying throughout over 100 different cities and towns. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/7516187]
ACT Policing has issued a warning of zero tolerance to intoxicated and out-of-control revellers this summer after an incident involving drunken juvenile males early this morning (Thursday, December 4) outside The Cube Nightclub in Civic.
The ACT Youth Advisory Council will be holding a Youth Debt Forum for young people, parents and the broader community to access information and services relating to youth debt. The forum is an opportunity for young people to access information and discuss issues, ask questions and access service providers. Guest speakers include representatives from the Credit Debit Counselling and Financial Service (CARE), Centrelink and the Salvation Army Financial Service. When: Tuesday 24 November 2009 (5.15pm – 6.30pm) Where: Room 7, Griffin Centre, 1 Genge Street Canberra City For further information call Youth InterACT on 6205 0632 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that you may be eligible for financial assistance to support your children at high school? The Secondary Bursary Scheme can provide some financial assistance to low income earners in the ACT with dependent full time students in years 7 to 10. Applicants must be holders of a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card with a means tested payment code.
OzGreen is an independent not for profit organisation best described as a social enterprise, which educates, engages and empowers young people, adults, corporations and communities to tackle critical environmental sustainability challenges (such as climate change and water) and become agents for positive social change. OzGREEN’s transformative learning and leadership programs foster informed participation, harness people’s special contributions and build pathways for ongoing engagement. Between the 24-26 November 2009 there will both a Local Climate Congress and a Community Forum as part of the YOUth LEADing Australia! program organised by OzGreen. Information on these two events has been reproduced below:
The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is holding an information session on the new mandatory Children’s Services Certificate III qualification and Government funded places relating to the Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. When: Thursday 5 November (6.30pm – 7.30pm) Where: D102, Blk D, CIT Sthside Campus, Ainsworth St For more information visit www.cit.act.edu.au or call the CIT Student Services Hub on 6207 3188.
The ACT Government has developed a draft Plan for young people that will guide policies and programs through until 2014. The Plan also includes an action plan and timeline that will help to make the ACT Young People’s Plan happen.
The ACT Government is developing a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checks system as part of its commitment to the support and protection of vulnerable people in the ACT. The checking system will assist in reducing the incidence of abuse of vulnerable persons. Abuse can include sexual, physical, emotional or financial harm or neglect.