Youth Is Key To Sustainability

Also includes:

  • Revolution – youth in the driving seat. Youth to mentor community to own their future
  • Target youth at 'festival' event to capture 'future identity of New England'
  • How do we develop a cross-generational communication strategy focussed on sustainability? How do we inform people of the issues and offer real alternatives and explain benefits?
  • Engaging youth using modern technology (without losing a focus on real spaces) to make an impact now
  • How to retain youth to the region to ensure ongoing economic sustainability?

Working Group

Des Breen
Nigel Barlow
Rebecca Spence
Angela Lyons
Jane Guilfoyle
Carol Davies

Discussion:

Recognise and capitalise on youth

  • Focussed communication strategy (creating an open space)
  • Ensure that all youth grow up with a reality of sustainability (our responsibility)

Retaining youth in the Region to ensure a vibrant and innovative community
Existing jobs and opportunities to ensure youth have financial sustainability – choice/quality of life
Jobs don't need to be in Region – technology/innovation
Level of engagement – different styles: Indigenous, ICT, migrant
Our responsibilities/our communication including business with youth – sustainable business
You & Me – Pride of Place
Youth suicide – why?
Armidale community safety – included, feel valued, safe = retention
Youth as families

How can we involve the whole New England Region in building a sustainable future?

Involve the existing business sector to engage with youth
Working together to live and realise the ideas (employment skills – festival events)
Understand and acknowledge all segments of youth – no exclusion

What practical steps or projects can be undertaken to do that?

Look at youth needs (migrant, homeless) and how to bridge gaps (community menotring)
Create a space (opportunities – their agenda is not controlled) for youth to be heard
Walking School Bus

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