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Youth Arts Queensland and Volunteering QLD recently presented artspoken 2011: Queensland's bi-annual Regional Arts and Culture Conference, hosted by Arts Queensland in partnership with Bundaberg ...

Youth Arts Queensland and Volunteering QLD recently presented artspoken 2011: Queensland's bi-annual Regional Arts and Culture Conference, hosted by Arts Queensland in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council.



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  • CREATING THE SPACE There is a tension between creating inclusive, open spaces and creating effective, connected teams. LINKING Communication and dialogue is central to the operation of the organisation. Technology, assumed to be a staple of any Gen-Y organisation, is viewed as a necessary communication channel, but only where it leads to personal, face-to-face interaction. ENGAGING Youth-led organisations invest in those individuals who show a high level of enthusiasm and passion for the cause These organisations are conscious of the role they play in engaging with young people as they move quickly through three key stages of their lives – school, university and work – and they tailor their engagement strategies to match. BUILDING IDENTITY Stories are used frequently to help these young people identify with an organisation that has a history, but which has turned over a lot of people (due to age limits, etc) LEADING Opportunities to lead, due to the absence of adults in the environment, was a prominent theme.

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  • Creating Impact Young people leading cultural change in our local communities Caro Jende for Youth Arts Queensland Tal Fitzpatrick from Volunteering QLD
  • Presentation Outline
    • Creating Impact: from an idea to a pilot delivery
    • VQ’s Youth Leading Youth research
    • Young people creating impact
    • Experiences of leadership as an emerging arts professional
    • Q & A
  • Creating Impact From an idea to a pilot delivery
  • November 2009 - Launch of Young People Creating Queensland www.youngpeoplecreatingqld.org.au Creatives and projects included inspired the development of Creating Impact Photo by Elleni Toumpas
    • 2-day professional development workshop (participation fee) in Brisbane
    • 13 participants (7 from outside Brisbane incl 3x Cairns, 2x Moreton Bay region, 1x Toowoomba and 1x Gold Coast)
    • attendance of 2010 Backbone Youth Arts 2high Festival
    November 2010 - Creating Impact Pilot
  • Creating Impact session topics
    • leadership models & styles
    • introduction to cultural leadership research
    • practical strategies of creating impact
    • group facilitation & decision making processes
    • planning and idea generation
    • approaches to extending the reach of projects
  • Photos from the Creating Impact Pilot
  • Youth Leading Youth Research Organisations lead by young people Researchers: Jenny Geale & Mark Creyton
  • Youth Leading Youth
    • Why young people?
    • young people are an important growing source of volunteers
    • in order to better understand how they work and how to better engage with them VQ looked at how youth led youth organisations run and what strategies they use to engage and lead other young people
  • Youth Leading Youth
    • The research
    • looked at 8 different organisations who self-identified as “youth led” from various sectors including social justice, arts, science, public policy and community services sectors
    • ran a series of one-on-one conversational interviews questioning the young people around loose framework
    • Framework
    • creating the space - space for new people, ideas, methods
    • linking - invitation, welcoming, into the space
    • engagement - expanding involvement
    • belonging - building identity
    • taking a leadership role - influencing
    Youth Leading Youth
  • Youth Leading Youth Key initial findings Linking Engaging Belonging Events Big, challenging projects Shared experiences Technology Unique experiences Language Keep it personal Maintain boundaries Stories
    • Next phase
    • looking at how larger, more traditional organisation work with young people
    • develop a set of strategies and recommendations for organisations looking to engage and improve the way they work with young people
    Youth Leading Youth
  • Young people creating impact Findings from the Creating Impact pilot
  • Young people creating impact
    • more young people volunteer within the cultural sector than almost any other
    • volunteering and leadership in this sector are often very different from other sectors
    • rural communities have high levels of youth engaged in volunteering and leadership in the cultural sector
  • Young people creating impact
    • Cultural sector lends itself to youth
    • engagement because it is/provides:
    • innovative and encourages change
    • non-judgemental and inclusive
    • unique experiences and entertaining
    • fluid, informal, flexible
  • Young people creating impact
    • How are young people creating impact:
    • creating new work
    • running projects and initiatives
    • innovation through cross-sector collaboration
    • creating opportunities for others to create, participate and contribute
    • empower and support peers
    • facilitating social change and social inclusion
  • Young people creating impact
    • What support do young people need:
    • support through mentoring and advocacy
    • training and professional development opportunities
    • access to resources such as space, equipment, professional advice, funding
    • empowerment: recognition, validation and reassurance of work
  • Experiences of leadership as emerging arts professional Meet 3 participants of Creating Impact and find out about their projects
  • Experiences
    • Melissa Edwards - Cairns
    • Board member of Cell Art Space
    • Secured RADF funding
    • towards T3: Talks, Tunes
    • and Tapas and holds 4 events
    • Secures additional funding for
    • inaugural Heyday Festival 2012
    Photo by Elleni Toumpas
    • Elouise Quinlivan - Toowoomba
    • Participation in NEIS program
    • Opens Zine Shop
    • ‘ Smells Like Zines’
    • Participation in Starburst
    • regional mentoring program
    • Attendance at ‘Yes, we are
    • here’ ARI conference
    • Tal Fitzpatrick - Gold Coast
    • Becomes President of
    • Crossing Divides Inc.
    • First volunteers for Volunteering
    • QLD, then secures full-time
    • employment as their Leadership
    • Coordinator
  • Q & A
  • Thank you for Creating Impact! Youth Arts Queensland Tal Fitzpatrick | Volunteering Qld (07) 3252 5115 (07) 3002 7600 [email_address] [email_address] www.yaq.org.au www.volunteeringqld.org.au @YAQ_QLD @VolunteeringQLD