Recap! YOUTH WORK &NON-FORMAL EDUCATION:EVIDENCING OUTCOMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
August 4, 2016
We have reached the end of our conference: YOUTH WORK &NON-FORMAL EDUCATION:EVIDENCING OUTCOMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE and what a success it was!
This post is just a recap of some of the exciting workshops, keynotes and panels that went on at our 2016 conference at the Sunshine Convention Centre. We kicked off the conference with Welcome to Country by Davina Woods and an introduction to the day by Martti Martinson!
Over the two days we had eleven workshops with presenters such as Paul Kloosterman, Malavika Rachel Pavamani and Anya Satyanand travelling from the Netherlands, India and New Zealand respectfully which provided an exciting international element to our conference.
Paul Kloosterman is a trainer, consultant and author on youth work and non-formal education. His workshop on Youthpass as a system for recognition of non-formal learning in Youth Work in the European Union context was described as "Fantastic!" and a "practical and philosophical explanation of youthpass".
Paul has been instrumental in the development of Youthpass concept since its launch in 2007. He has co-authored numerous books on Youthpass and non-formal learning within the context of youth work. In 2012-2013 he co-authored theYouthpass Impact Study. Paul is a member of the Youthpass Advisory Group of the European Commission. He delivers training all over Europe for trainers in the youth sector, teachers and youth workers. Prior to becoming a trainer and consultant, Paul was a youth worker, mainly focusing on working with disadvantaged young people and doing gender-specific youth work with boys and young men. In recent years Paul has been passionate about the concept of ‘learning to learn’ and exploring in projects new and innovative approaches to learning. Originally from the Netherlands, Paul has been residing in Italy for the last ten years.
Malavika Rachel Pavamani, Co-Director, Learning Voyages Pravah has been a part of this organisation since 2011. She provided an engaging and hands on workshop on Co-Creating Empowering spaces in India - 5th Space Experiences to Strengthen Youth Work Malavika's workshop was described as "inspiring" and "heartfelt".
In 2013 she led the leadership journey for young social entrepreneurs under the ChangeLooms With.in program run by ComMutiny – the Youth Collective and Pravah. She has played a key role in building capacities of the members of the Collective to strengthen their Youth Programs. She has represented India as a youth delegate in the Global Citizenship Education Conference organised by UNESCO in Paris in 2015.
Anya Satyanand is a champion of youth development with a background in media education.
Her workshop on Youth Work Transforms: Toward the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (Ara Taiohi) was an exciting new insight into Youth Work in New Zealand and described as "engaging", "interesting and informative".
She’s keenly interested in the ways that the youth sector shifts shape, forms strategic alliances, collaborates, learns and puts young people in the centre of all thinking in order to meet the needs of a superdiverse youth population. She works for Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development in New Zealand. Anya brings a fierce belief that we’ve got to work together to help our young people reach the stars that belong to them.
Our other eight workshops included Vicki Cooper and Jessica Watts from The City of Whittlesea presenting on Piloting Youthpass in Australia: City of Whittlesea’s experience.
Vicki Cooper manages one of the largest local government youth services in Victoria in the City of Whittlesea, one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia. The City of Whittlesea was the first agency in Australia (and also the first agency outside of Europe) to use Youthpass in their youth programs. Vicki’s work has always been centred around building young people’s participation and ensuring that their rights are respected and their contribution celebrated. Vicki has led the development of innovative models of youth services including an integrated alternative education and youth service for some of the most disadvantaged young people.
Jess Watts is a Youth Development Officer at Baseline for Young People – City of Whittlesea Youth Services. Jess has a Bachelor of Youth Work (VU) and is one of the first Youth Workers to use Youthpass in Australia. Between September and November 2015 she worked with 45 young people to complete Youthpass certificates.
Dylan Hanane, Harriet McCallum, Oti Dadzie presented a multimedia workshop on Piloting Youthpass in a hip hop program: City of Maribyrnong’s Raw Elements program
Dylan Hanane is a Youth Outreach Worker at Maribyrnong City Council Youth Services. He has been working with the youth services team for nearly six years as the Raw Elements Hip Hop program facilitator. He has a background in sound engineering with a Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production).
Harriet McCallum is Coordinator of Youth Services and Partnerships at Maribyrnong City Council. She has been in this role for 3.5 years. Harriet facilitates the Maribyrnong Alliance for Young People, a cross-sector collective of youth-focused services that represent young people in Maribyrnong City. Harriet also oversees the implementation of the Maribyrnong Strategy for Young People 2014-18, a shared strategic plan between Maribyrnong City Council and the Alliance partners.
Harriet is a qualified social worker with a background in refugee settlement, women’s health, international development and local government.
We continued our workshops with Kate Acheson presenting "Demonstrating our Impact: Piloting a Practitioner-Led Outcomes Framework for Youth Services in New South Wales"
Katie Acheson is the CEO of Youth Action, the peak body representing 1.25 million young people and the services that support them in New South Wales. Katie is also the Chair of Australian Youth Affairs Coalition. With over fifteen years’ experience working on the ground with youth and representing their interests in major state, national and international platforms, she is a powerful voice in the Australian youth sector. Katie is focused on building youth services that deliver better outcomes for young people through creating collaborative and results-driven environments.
Wrapping up our workshops for day one we had Anoushka Gungadin presenting on The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Victoria: readying young people for employment
Anoushka is a leadership mentor, speaker and best-selling author. Through her role as the CEO of The Duke of Ed Victoria, Anoushka is building the next generation of young people to tap into their potential and become empowered leaders and involved community members.
Our panel discussion; How can the evidencing of Youth Work outcomes be better supported? included Katie Acheson, Chair of Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and CEO of Youth Action, Jennifer Pitcher, Manager, Office for Youth (Victorian Government), Paul Kloosterman and Trainer Vicki Cooper, Team Leader of Youth Services, City of Whittlesea
Day two began and we started the day with a key note speech from Tony Nicholson on The importance of non-formal learning in developing young people’s employability skills.
Tony Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Tony has dedicated over 30 years to improving conditions for disadvantaged people in our society. Tony advocates that investing in building their skills and capacities is an economic imperative, as it is a moral one. A feature of his leadership is his ability to work with governments, business and community organisations to achieve outcomes. He started community work as a social worker among the homeless.
Our next keynote for the day was Jan Owen discussing The New Work Order - how work (and life) is changing for our young people & what we need to be doing to equip & inspire them for the future, now
As a pioneer of the Youth Work sector in Australia, Jan has dedicated most of her working life to social change and encouraging young people to give back and invest their talents in their communities and things they are passionate about. Jan is the CEO of the Foundation Young Australians. In March 2014, Jan received the degree Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney. In recognition of her significant contribution to young people and policy in Australia. In 2012, Jan was named the inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group Woman of Influence 2012.
In 2000 she was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people and in 1999 received a fellowship for leadership and innovations to the Peter Drucker Foundation in the US. Jan has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australian and served on a wide range of Boards. Before joining FYA, Jan was Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia, which aims to increase the impact of the Australian social sector. Prior to this, Jan founded the CREATE Foundation, the national consumer body for children and young people in out of home care.
Our workshops on day two kicked off with three great workshops including Dr Cathryn Carpenter and Michael Naismith presenting Non-formal Educational Processes Outdoors
Dr Cathryn Carpenter has 30 years experience in lecturing and implementing outdoor experiential programs in secondary and tertiary settings, and within commercial organisations. She is currently working at Victoria University as a senior lecturer in the Bachelor of Youth Work. Utilising natural outdoor environments when working with disengaged students and disadvantaged communities has been a central structure of her professional work. Making learning meaningful, and assisting students to understand the point or value of education has been the focus of her work in reconnecting young people to education and employment options. Her research interests focus on health and wellbeing through the design and evaluation of developmental and therapeutic programs for young people and marginalised communities. The programs are often delivered through the exploration of experiencing natural environments and places.
Michael Naismith is an experienced practitioner with over 25 years of experience working with young people and adults in Bush Adventure Therapy and outdoor education. He is currently the coordinator of Outdoor Adventure Based Learning at St Joseph's Flexible Learning Centre in North Melbourne. Michael also sits on the board of Outdoors Victorian and is the deputy chair of Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy.
Second on the agenda was Dhakshy Sooriyakumaran discussing YLab – Rethinking Youth Work: A new investment in young people in the 21st century (Foundation for Young Australians)
Dhakshy is a Director of YLab, a new social enterprise being incubated by the Foundation for Young Australians. YLab is a global youth-led social solutions incubator and education provider for professionals working with young people. Its mission is to build a new generation of professionals working with young people to rethink the world. She is a social entrepreneur, recovering civil engineer / management consultant and yoga teacher. She has led the design of large scale programs for young people such as $20 Boss and specialises in the development of social impact strategy and impact measurement frameworks. Dhakshy has worked across public, private and not-for-profit sectors for a range of organisations including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in Fiji, Net Balance, Small Giants, Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School.
Our second round of workshops began including Kate James, Exploring holistic program models for young women who have disengaged or are at risk from disengaging from education (City of Banyule Youth Services)
Kate James is a tertiary qualified Youth Programs & Engagement Officer at Banyule City Council who created and facilitated the RISE program. Kate's expertise is working with disengaged young women to address personal and external factors that impact their well-being (including mental health, body image, gender norms & relationships), as well as strategically overseeing our communications portfolio, particularly in addressing social media and its fit within youth service organisations.
All the while Sarah Williams presented R3presentin’ Inclusive Communities:” Using arts based initiatives to foster social inclusion amongst culturally diverse young people in Australia
Sarah Williams is an intercultural community development practitioner. She completed her Masters of Social Change and Sustainability at Oases Graduate School researching social inclusion of African diaspora communities in Australia.
Sarah is co-founder of Footprints Enterprises Inc., an organisation that focusses on creating spaces to bring about social change through the creative arts. She is also a Board Director at Borderlands Cooperative and currently works for the Centre for Multicultural Youth.
The last keynote for the day was Robyn Broadbent, Katie Acheson and Gemma Wood presenting on The first National Youth Development Index for Australia
Professor Robyn Broadbent is an academic, community researcher, community activist and a committed advocate for the human rights of young people. She wrote the Youth Work programs at Victoria University and has taught and managed the program for the past two decades. Robyn has also been active in the establishment of the Youth Workers' Association and continues to sit on the Board. Robyn has worked in local, state, national and international youth affairs. She currently sits on the expert panel overseeing the development of a global Youth Development Index for the Commonwealth Youth Program. Robyn has worked with Trades Hall Council, was instrumental in establishing the Visy Cares Hub, provides advice and mentoring to youth workers in a range of settings and is well known for her collection of youth consultancy work. Robyn is proud that her professional grounding was as a youth worker in the western suburbs of Melbourne and continues to be committed to the region to ensure that all young people have access to the full benefits of a wealthy society.
Ending the last day of our conference was panel discussion Do we need a charter on youth rights? including panelists
Liana Buchanan, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People, Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum (in video), Paul McDonald, CEO of Anglicare Victoria, Ariel Couchman, Director of Youthlaw and Deng Maleek.
We are so thankful to all those who presented at our joint conference with Victoria University.
A special thank you to Robyn Broadbent and Martti Martinson for organising the conference and all the Victoria University and YWA staff that helped out!
For more information on the keynote presentations and workshops read on!
Paul Kloosterman Keynote presentation "Non-formal learning as a key element of the European Union Youth Work Policy"
Non-formal education has been one of the key elements of European Union Youth Work for a number of years, being visibly present in national definitions of youth work, policy documents and legislations in vast majority of EU member states as well as on the EU level as a whole. This presentation will discuss how the linking of non-formal education and youth work has shaped the discourse around the aims, objectives and outcomes of youth work in Europe.
Keynote presentation "The importance of non-formal learning in developing young people’s employability skills"
Tony Nicholson’s presentation will focus on: • Youth Unemployment - The Brotherhood of St Laurence is now regularly monitoring what they consider to be unacceptable levels of youth unemployment. Most recently BSL released unemployment hotspots highlighting extra layers of disadvantage that young people face in communities such as Dandenong, Sunshine and Broadmeadows. • The modern economy and the changing nature of work. • Employers placing a premium on education, skills and work experience. How this impacts on young people and why a new approach to moving young people into work is needed. • The importance of non-formal learning, personal and professional networks, civic participation etc. in building employability skills
Keynote presentation "The New Work Order - how work (and life) is changing for our young people & what we need to be doing to equip & inspire them for the future, now"
Foundation for Young Australians have been immersed in the world of work in a number of their programs over the past 5 years. What is increasingly evident is that the rapidly changing world of work particularly for young people will revolutionise the type of jobs that are available. Jan asks the question what will be the role of non-formal learning and Youth Work in contributing to preparing young people for a very different future and one that we cannot even fully imagine as yet.
Robyn Broadbent, Katie Acheson, Gemma Wood Keynote presentation “The first National Youth Development Index for Australia”
The Youth Development Index was successfully launched in 2013 and represented a world first attempt at capturing the multidimensional properties that indicate progress in youth development at the country level. The YDI offers cross country comparison of the environment for young people, aged 15-29, across five key areas: education, health, employment, civic participation, and political participation. The YDI was updated in 2016 and a new approach added to the portfolio. That is the development of national YDI tools to support nations to do their own YDI. Australia was one of two countries that were chosen to pilot the tools and as a result we have the very first Australian Youth Development Index. The Index has highlighted some very interesting differentials between states, the rise of particular issues that face young people and the prevailing number of Youth Suicides that continue to doggedly follow young people like the grim reaper in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Workshop "Youthpass as a system for recognition of non-formal learning in Youth Work in the European Union context"
Youthpass is a part of the European Commission’s strategy to foster the recognition of non-formal learning within youth work. It has been available for youth projects and activities funded by Erasmus+: Youth in Action (2014-2020) and Youth in Action (2007-2013) programmes since 2007. As a tool to document and recognise learning outcomes, it puts policy into practice and practice into policy. This workshop explains what impact has Youthpass had in Europe in its 9 years of operation.
Vicki Cooper & Jessica Watts Workshop “Piloting Youthpass in Australia: City of Whittlesea’s experience”
City of Whittlesea Youth Services were the first agency in Australia and the first organisation outside of Europe to use Youthpass in their youth work practice. City of Whittlesea also played a big role in adapting and contextualising the Youthpass strategy to be suitable for use in Australian context. This workshop presents their experience in using Youthpass in a number of different programs to introduce the topic of learning in the context of their programs and to articulate and evidence the outcomes of their programs for young people using the Youthpass process and certificates.
Dylan Hanane, Harriet McCallum, Oti Dadzie
Workshop “Piloting Youthpass in a hip hop program: City of Maribyrnong’s Raw Elements program”
This workshop will present the experience of City of Maribyrnong Youth Services in piloting the use of Youthpass in their very successful hip hop based program Raw Element where the majority of the participants are from CALD background.
Workshop “Demonstrating our Impact: Piloting a Practitioner-Led Outcomes Framework for Youth Services in New South Wales”
This workshop outlines the process, outcomes and learnings from the ground-breaking Nepean-Blue Mountains Shared Outcomes Project. The Shared Outcomes Project offers the following contributions to youth work practice: 1) Modelling a localised practitioner-led outcomes framework; 2) Demonstrating impact analysis of youth work on young people; and, 3) Including trust and collaborative approaches within outcomes frameworks. The workshop focuses on the practical experiences of practitioners planning and implementing an outcomes framework.
Malavika Rachel Pavamani
Workshop “Co-Creating Empowering spaces in India - 5th Space Experiences to Strengthen Youth Work”
The concept of the 5th Space is based on Patel A. et al’s (2013) definition of four traditional ‘spaces’ that young people primarily occupy 1) family 2) livelihood/education 3) friends, and 4) leisure, but one that defines an additional, more empowering, yet marginalised ‘5th Space’ where they truly discover themselves as they engage in social action. Young people take on leadership and govern this space unlike in the four traditional spaces. CYC has been architecting and advocating for the ‘5th Space’ in different forms across India since 2011.
Anoushka Gungadin Workshop “The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Victoria: readying young people for employment”
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised non-formal education program running in over 140 countries around the world. Over 8,000 young Victorians work towards their Duke of Ed Award every year. This presentation will explore how The Duke of Ed program develops skills and capabilities in young people, readying them for new education pathways and creating opportunities for employment after school or university. It will also discuss how The Duke of Ed in Victoria is pioneering official recognition of non-formal education. Partnering with a number of higher education providers and employers who recognise the value of the program, we are able to offer exciting and exclusive opportunities to Duke of Ed Awardees.
Kate James Workshop “Exploring holistic program models for young women who have disengaged or are at risk from disengaging from education”
The RISE program was developed and run twice by Banyule Youth Services, once as a pilot in 2014 in Greensborough and then again in 2015 in West Heidelberg. The sessions were specifically designed to get young women ages 14-19 that were disengaged in education linked back into study or employment. The sessions were framed to tackle school non-attendance with a holistic approach, with consideration of external factors that were impacting the girls' ability to regularly access education. The sessions were highly successful over both years with 94% of the total 18 participants of the program either enrolling in new education or being supported to continue in their current enrolment after having not attended regularly for some time.
This workshop will explore non-formal learning opportunities outdoors. A myriad of health and wellbeing benefits are explained along with practical examples of ways in which young people can be engaged in these learning processes. An aim of the workshop is to share some of the current practices at St Josephs’ School and to discuss ways youth work initiatives can benefit from including the surrounding outdoor environment. Learning outdoors can require an additional layer of organisation and administration but including the natural environment adds value to the learning of young people.
Workshop “YLab – a social enterprise to champion new ways of engaging with young people”
Foundation for Young Australians is incubating a new global social enterprise called YLab to address these challenges. YLab works with young innovators to redesign their world and teach new capabilities and tools to reimagine youth development. It focusses on capabilities such as digital engagement, co-design, cultural intelligence, facilitation and coaching, social entrepreneurship and innovation. This workshop will provide an overview of YLab and how young people and other partners can get involved.
Workshop “Youth Work Transforms: Toward the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa”
This workshop will present on a piece of work done by Ara Taiohi in Aotearoa New Zealand on culturally competent youth work and youth development practice with young rainbow people. We’ve developed a framework which is in the process of being shaped and tested within the context of mainstream services.
Alongside this, Ara Taiohi would love to present on the concept, theory and history of youth work in Aotearoa New Zealand in order to give a different set of cultural reference points to the discussion based on the Australian experience. In our work to establish a professional body for youth workers in New Zealand this year, a big slice of the work is about the active transformation of perception of the profession of youth work as a reflective, learning way of working with young people.
The YWA Vision
November 26, 2016
UPDATED POST YWA Annual General Meeting Wednesday 12th June 2019