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Changing the future

28 Apr 2015

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A group of young Melburnians came together in Docklands last month with the aim of changing the future of the city they live in.

A joint initiative between the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and the City of Melbourne saw 40 young people, aged between 14 and 18 gather at the Library at the Dock for the “Change it up Melbourne” program.

Across two days participants from Frontyard Youth Services, Cohealth and The Drum Youth Services explored issues that mattered to them and worked on ideas to create positive change.

Both the City of Melbourne and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation provided funding for the program. The council also provided $1000 seed funding to each of the youth services to support the participants to enact their ideas for change.

FYA CEO Jan Owen said the project was all about connecting young people with community leaders and decision makers in an effective and engaging way.

“Australian cities face major challenges as they strive for the perfect balance between economic progress and social cohesion. The key to tackling these challenges is making sure young people are part of the journey,” Ms Owen said.

“Too often young Australians are regarded by their communities as a group to entertain or a problem to fix, rather than a great resource for building strong, modern communities.”

“Change it Up encourages community leaders and decision makers to tap into the ideas, innovation and energy of young people and ensure they are engaged in the future of their communities.”

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