ERIC Number: ED468502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Tasmania's Rural and Isolated Young People: Issues, Solutions and Strategies. Report of a Community Consultation with Young People, Government, Youth and Organisations, in Rural and Isolated Communities.
Tasmanian Office of Youth Affairs, Hobart (Australia).
The Tasmanian (Australia) Office of Youth Affairs and Family conducted consultations concerning issues impacting young people living in rural and isolated areas. Eight workshops specifically for youth were attended by 123 young people. Five community forums were attended by 25-30 participants each. The difficulties of living in isolated situations were acknowledged. Support groups for youth, greater access to emergency services, and more employment opportunities were common solutions offered. Issues concerning life in small communities revolved around lack of infrastructure, gossip, and police and young people. Involving youths in land development projects and public space development was a strategy endorsed by many. The need for confidentiality was mentioned often. Proposed solutions to poor transportation included providing concession cards for young people and expanding the use of school buses and aged-care services buses. All groups agreed on the need for places where young people could meet. Youth festivals, youth facilities, employment of youth workers, and youth involvement in organizing events were suggested. Development of resource booklets and Internet sites was suggested in response to the lack of access to services, information, and support. Responses to educational issues included allotting time in school for doing homework and offering local vocational courses. Strategies for employment and training included mobile outreach services, rural employment officers, job sharing, flexible hours, mentors, and union visits to schools. Developing tourism, local resources, festivals, and beautification projects were suggested to promote rural communities. Seven appendices present issues, guidelines for working with youth, and survey results. (Contains 77 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, Job Development, Job Training, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Youth, School Community Relationship, Small Towns, Youth Employment, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.youthaffairs.tas.gov.au/publications/rural/default.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmanian Office of Youth Affairs, Hobart (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia