What has been achieved during 2016 - 2021 under Young Darwin?
Over the last five years our Youth Programs team has focussed on building regular and ongoing year round programs for young people through our LAUNCH activities and events program including:
LAUNCH Skate – annual calendar of events including fortnightly skate nights and skill building activities, with a focus on increasing diversity and safety in our skate parks
LAUNCH Night Series – regular Saturday night recreation program including sports comp, life skills workshops, a meal and transport
LAUNCH Media – young people covering local events on social media and building their profile as positive community influencers and role models
LAUNCH emerging producer / all ages events – supporting young people to deliver events including the popular Sounds@Sunset series
Get That Job – regular school holiday workshops to improve employability including white cards, first aid, barista basics, resume writing and more.
Alongside our regular activity and events program the team also regularly supports a range of community development initiatives including:
Convening monthly meetings of Council’s Youth Advisory Committee
Providing secretariat support for the Darwin Working With Youth Network (DARWWYN) which includes facilitating monthly meetings and circulation of a weekly newsletter
Producing an array of Youth Week events including skate comps, art and craft workshops, cooking competitions, movie nights and collaborating with Anglicare to deliver the much-loved Couch Surfing event, raising awareness for youth homelessness
Promotion of activities and events for young people via LAUNCH Darwin’s social media channels (Instagram and Facebook).
What services do local government usually provide for young people?
Every council is different, but local government typically provides services for young people in recreation and capacity building. Most local government authorities don’t provide services that are generally the responsibility of other tiers of government such as education, housing and health. Over the period of the current strategy (2016-2021) our Youth Programs team has prioritised programming designed to:
Celebrate and profile young Darwin
Encourage young people to be active community participants
Build the capacity of young people to shape their own lives and the community around them.