Council values investment in Bayside’s youth

1 July 2015

Bayside City Council will offer a new Youth Resilience Survey by June 2016 for interested primary and secondary schools to identify local issues and understand the needs of young people.

The survey concept has been adopted from recommendations in Council’s recent Youth Services Strategic Service Review which highlighted the need for available ‘youth voice’ data in order to provide more targeted services and programs for local youth. 

Bayside Mayor, Cr Felicity Frederico, said young people and their families, local schools and partnering service providers, continue to be very satisfied with the youth services provided by Council.

“Servicing over 8000 young people annually, youth services remains an important function of Council and delivers great value to our community by improving the wellbeing outcomes for young people and their families.

“Our service adapts to the needs of our youth and delivers relevant programs that are safe and accessible to improve confidence, resilience and social connections for young people. Council welcomes the introduction of an annual Youth Resilience Survey for interested Bayside schools so we can together advocate for improved quality youth services,” Cr Frederico said.

Council’s Youth Services team will retain its suite of youth leadership and personal development programs, while ensuring current programs continue to meet community demand. Council will consult local schools, community service providers and young people and their families, to look for ways to better target current programs and determine the future needs and appropriate service delivery of all activities.

Community consultation will soon begin seeking feedback on what Council’s future role should be in delivering school holiday activities for teens, particularly given the growth in providers of similar services.  

The L2P Learner Driver mentor program which supports disadvantaged young people, improves road safety, and provides cross-generational volunteering opportunities in Bayside, has Council support to continue until 2019.

Further consideration will also be given to the most appropriate future location of youth services and the use of Peterson Youth Centre in Highett.

The Youth Resilience Survey data will next year be combined with Council’s continuous improvement planning to provide the best service for Bayside youth.

Council’s suite of youth services were examined as part of an ongoing strategic service review of all Bayside City Council departments to ensure the needs of the community are met and all services and programs deliver valuable outcomes.

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