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Youth Involvement at the Inspire Foundation: Working in partnership with young people
 

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What does youth involvement look like at Inspire Foundation, and how does the organisation approach working with young people? ...

What does youth involvement look like at Inspire Foundation, and how does the organisation approach working with young people?

Given at the International Youth Mental Health Conference, July 2010, Melbourne

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    Youth Involvement at the Inspire Foundation: Working in partnership with young people Youth Involvement at the Inspire Foundation: Working in partnership with young people Presentation Transcript

    • Youth Involvement at the Inspire Foundation Working in partnership with young people Doug Millen Youth Ambassador Heads Up! International Youth Mental Health Conference, Melbourne 30 July 20101 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives
    • Inspire’s Philosophy: Youth participation isn’t something we ‘do’, it’s how we do everything! Inspire’s Values Young people have a right to be involved • Fun in decisions that • Responsibility affect them. • Compassion • Generosity • Inclusiveness2 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • ReachOut Youth Ambassador Stories http://youtu.be/1Fzf0Zn-dds3 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • 4 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • 5 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • 6 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • 7 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • 8 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • • Online forums • In-person workshops • Fundraising & events • Public speaking • Web content creation • Recruitment interviews • Peer researchers • Marketing, branding • Internships • Media opps • Focus groups • Collaborative projects • Workshop facilitation • Interpretive dance • Surveys • Everything!! • Program evaluation9 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • Youth involvement at Inspire A variety of opportunities for What do young people want? involvement • A personal connection • Online and/or offline • To feel like they’re making a • Self-led or structured difference • YP are invited to shape their own participation • Mostly interest-based, not skills- based10 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • Youth involvement, community, and the importance of using technology Online Settings Community • Young people live part of their • Young people, staff & lives online supporters: working together toward a common goal, on • Central place for communicating the same level with young people online – Use diverse means for getting YP to the • Maintained by Inspire’s values central place & sense of fun11 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • Youth involvement at Inspire Culture Inspire’s guiding principles for youth involvement: • Working with young • YI is flexible, in terms of YP’s roles, people is a natural part expectations, and needs of everyday work and • YI values diversity the organisation • Young people’s contributions are • Attitude: Everyone is recognised and appreciated positive and enthusiastic about • YI provides young people with working with young opportunities for skill development people • YI is well resourced12 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010
    • YI as The Magic Pudding: No matter how much you take, there’s always more! • Share passion! • Speak to Inspire • Share with organisations – Call for a chat about YI 02 8585 9300 (reception) doing similar things with young people – Nikki Thomas Youth Involvement Manager nikki@inspire.org.au • Contact me – Doug Millen For more information: doug.millen@inspire.org.au 0425 865 851 http://inspire.org.au • Youth Participation Evaluation (out soon) • Research reports & articles on youth participation13 Inspires mission is to help young people lead happier lives 30 July 2010