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Giving Young Victorians A Chance To Help Shape The Future

12 August 2016

Young Victorians will have a chance to help shape future government decisions at a series of influential youth forums right around the state.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced Swan Hill would host the first youth forum in September.

Additional forums will be held at locations around the state, including:

  • Melbourne
  • Dandenong
  • Geelong
  • Wangaratta
  • Morwell

Today is International Youth Day. We’re listening to young Victorians, who say they want a greater chance to participate in decision making.

The series of youth forums will help determine the agenda of the inaugural Youth Summit, which will be held during National Youth Week next year.

The forums are a chance for young leaders from Melbourne and regional and rural areas to get together and discuss the issues that matter most to them.

Participants will elect regional representatives to the Victorian Youth Congress, a diverse group of young Victorians who will advise the Government on priority issues for today’s youths.

The Labor Government’s new youth policy Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, is providing new opportunities for young people to work together with governments on decision making, ideas and innovative solutions.

The forums are being held in partnership with Youth Affairs Council of Victoria. The inaugural forum in Swan Hill is on September 21.

For more information visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children and Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“These forums are great opportunities for young Victorians to have their say over the issues that matter to them.”

“Today’s young Victorians are tomorrow’s leaders. They have great ideas, and they deserve to be heard.”

“Young people are our future. It’s more important now than ever that they’re embedded in the decision-making process.”

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