September 3, 2012
Professor Mike Stein, from the University of York (UK), has released a new book about the pathways to adulthood for young people leaving care, Young People Leaving Care: Supporting pathways to adulthood. It details the best ways for professionals who have contact with young adults from the care system to support them in their journey to self-sustaining adulthood with the major tasks of:
• finding settled, safe accommodation;
• starting and maintaining employment;
• further education or training; and
• Being responsible for their own health and well being.
For each of these pathways, the book provides a comprehensive review of relevant research, how young people might be best supported, and how the services they receive have the potential to increase resilience and boost their chances of enjoying a fulfilled life as a young adult.
For many years Professor Stein has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving substitute care (foster and residential care). He has a considerable breadth and depth of knowledge in the field.
For more information about Professor Stein and his new book, or to comment see http://aifs.govspace.gov.au/2012/09/03/young-people-leaving-care-support...
03 September 2012: The Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (the Commission) has released the findings from its fourth biennial survey of children and young people living in foster care in Queensland. More than 2000 children and young people responded bringing the total number of surveys completed since 2006 to more than 13,000.
The surveys generate a rich source of longitudinal data on children's and young people's placement histories, perceptions of their health, wellbeing and school, as well their views on many aspects of their care experience including their current placement and carer, having a say in decision making, support from the department, the Commission's Community Visitors, and preparation for leaving care.
Analyses reveal that nearly all respondents continue to feel safe, treated well and happy in their placement. Data also confirm steady improvements over the years in some aspects of foster care such as decreases in reports of having unresolved health problems or difficulties at school and increases in reports of having education support plans and leaving care plans.
However, the survey findings also highlight ongoing challenges for the child protection system to provide necessary support to children and young people in care. Many continue to experience considerable instability in their lives due to numerous placement changes, do not see their Child Safety Officer as often as they would like, feel left out of decisions and do not know why they are in care. Also concerning are high levels of anxiety with more than 30% of young people and 40% of children saying that they worry a lot or all of the time. Analysis of more than 1000 comments revealed that the most common source of worry is the safety and wellbeing of their family.
Findings from the research are being used to inform policy and practice among stakeholders in the Queensland child protection system. The research also demonstrates to individual children and young people that they have an important voice in shaping the future directions and priorities within these systems.
The 2011 Views of Children and Young People in Foster Care Survey: Overview and Selected Findings is available from the Commission's website at http://www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/resources/publications/views/Views-of-Child....
Applications are now open for positions of an Events Officer and an Events Manager in Left Right Think-Tank's Victorian team. Time comittment of both position is 8-12 hours a week at their Melbourne office.
Training and learning opportunities:
To apply please forward CV and brief covering letter to Jophiel Bushnell, State Director — Victoria email@example.com . Applications close Monday 4th June 2012.
Event Manager / Fundraising Assistant
The Event Manager/ Fundraising Assistant will have the double but complementary role of organising and promoting various events as well as providing some assistance to our Executive Director.
Time commitment: 3-5 hours a week on a flexible, permanent basis. More intensive commitment will be required during peak periods leading up to an event.
Remuneration: This position is undertaken in a voluntary capacity. Relevant training will be provided subject to funding availability.
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Sydney area (largely working from home)
About Project Australia
Project Australia is a community organisation helping people launch not-for-profit initiatives that focus on Australian needs and utilise existing assets.
The innovation we support cuts across twelve theme areas: environment and sustainability, health and wellbeing, media and social enquiry, technology and society, youth issues and empowerment, employment and opportunity, culture and creativity, community and social services, democracy and civil society, human rights and social justice, Aboriginal issues, and education and critical thinking.
We are a progressive social enterprise, free from political or religious influence, founded in 2006 and mostly run by volunteers. Our team currently includes a one-day per week Executive Director, ten volunteers and six committee members. We also employ a General Manager for our Speakers' Bureau, one day per week. We operate out of Sydney, but our team and work is national.
We provide four linked services:
From program/product launches to social and fundraising events, the Event Manager will plan and publicise the occasion to bring the right people to the right place, at the right time.
As a Fundraising Assistant, the team member will provide some general assistance to the Executive Director from fundraising strategy development to grant seeking and marketing planning.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
As an Event Manager (80%)
As a Fundraising Assistant (20%)
Skills and interests
To be a good Event Manager/Fundraising Assistant, you will need to:
Experience and Qualifications
Although experienced applicants are sought, please note that Project Australia is also encouraging anyone who has limited or no experience in Event Management and Fundraising to apply for the role. As an organisation mainly run by volunteers, Project Australia encourages its team members to develop skills and knowledge in their roles for their own professional development. Any team member will be provided with collaborative support in performing their roles.
If you feel you meet these criteria, or would love to grow into this position, please email your cover letter and resume to Donnie Maclurcan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not hesitate contacting us for further information.
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This position is advertised on a rolling basis until it is filled.
The Queensland Youth Environment Council (QYEC) is currently recruiting new members to join the council. To be eligible for a position on QYEC, applicants must:
If you meet these criteria, and would be interested in joining the Council for the next term commencing in May 2012 you can apply now.
To download the application form and find out more, head to our website at http://www.qyec.org.au/get-involved/index.html
Grassroots Coordinator (Communications)
National Live Below The Line Team
Oaktree is looking for a highly motivated and passionate individual to undertake the role of a grassroots coordinator.
As part of the Live Below the Line (LBL) State team, Grassroots coordinators will be responsible for the effectively implementation of a State Live Below the Line Strategy, including:
In particular, the Grassroots Coordinator (Events) will be responsible for: - Ensuring all events run in the lead up to and throughout the campaign are on message and effective, - Organising fundraising and advocacy events around the state, including media events,
Key Performance Indicators
The success of the LBL Grassroots Coordinator (Events) will be measured by the:
It is essential that the LBL Grassroots Coordinator (Events) has: - Experience with effective teamwork and collaboration
It would also be beneficial to have:
- Experience running successful advocacy and fundraising events - Understanding of how to work with media outlets - A basic understanding of a variety of issues regarding poverty, aid, development and the Australian political system.
What you get out of it
The LBL Grassroots Coordinator (Events) will gain a number of skills and experiences, including but not limited to:
The necessary time commitment for this position s 10-12 hours per week until July 2012. This will start lower, but increase in the lead up to the campaign (May). This commitment includes:
As the Tasmanian Oaktree Office is based in Hobart, we are looking for someone in Southern Tasmania.
Reports to State Live Below the Line Manager
All applicants are required to submit;
Lodging an Application
Applications will be taken on a rolling basis. Candidates will be notified if they are successful to the next round within a week of lodging their application. Applications will close on Wednesday 9th Novermber.
All applications must be received in full by this time by the Amy Fogarty, LBL State Manager, at email@example.com
All questions are to be directed to the Tasmanian LBL Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Acumen Fund?
Our mission is to create a world beyond poverty by investing in social enterprises, emerging leaders, and breakthrough ideas.
Our vision is that one day every human being will have access to the critical goods and services they need - including affordable health, water, housing, energy, agricultural inputs and services - so that they can make decisions and choices for themselves and unleash their full human potential. This is where dignity starts - not just for the poor but for everyone on earth.
The Acumen Fund Fellowship
The Acumen Fund Fellowship are looking for ten outstanding young professionals to join them for their year long program. The fellowship seeks young professionals who exude operational excellence, financial skills and moral imagination, combined with an unwavering dedication to bringing about positive and sustainable social change. Acumen Fellows receive hands on training working with some of the most innovative social ventures in the developing world.
For more information about the Acumen Fund Fellowship, visit http://www.acumenfund.org/fellows/global-fellows-program/how-to-apply.html
Application deadline: Monday November 14, 2011
AYCC is currently looking for two incredible individuals to become the next Queensland State Coordinators. These are a senior leadership roles within the AYCC, responsible for leading our volunteer team in Queensland and building the youth climate movement in Queensland. With Power Shift 2011 being held in Brisbane in October 2011, the opportunity to become Queensland State Coordinator is an unprecedented chance to take ownership over a rapidly growing branch of AYCC, with significant personal and professional development opportunities.
For a full position description see the website. To apply or for more information please contact Ahri Tallon, Queensland Coordinator. Applications close October 21st.
Left Right Think-Tank and US Consulate Forum: America's recovery from unsustainability and global recovery.
The Left Right Think-Tank and US Consulate are hosting a forum to provide an opportunity for young people in South Australia to engage in debate on economic sustainability policy issues, focused around global recovery efforts post financial crisis.
Jonathan Fritz - US Diplomat - A U.S. diplomat for nearly 15 years, his first assignment was to the U.S. Consulates General in Guangzhou and Chengdu, China (1994-1996). He then spent two years at the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador, after which he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served on the State Department's China Desk from 1999-2001. He was next detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he served as lead U.S. negotiator for the environmental chapter of the U.S.-CAFTA Free Trade Agreement. He was the appointed to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, where he worked in the economic-political section (2003-2005). He returned to Washington to become a special assistant to then-Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick (2005-2006), then arrived in Mexico City in October 2006, where he is the lead embassy official for bilateral trade and intellectual property affairs.
Our keynote speaker with be joined with other business and NGO leaders taking part in interactive panel discussion together with group policy responses that will frame the morning event at the University of South Australia.
We believe that young people aren't just tomorrow's leaders - we're a powerful catalyst for change today. We aim to create a society where young people advise and consult on national issues of broad community concern, not just youth issues.
This forum is limited to just 50 young people aged 16 - 24.
Register your attendance by RSVPing at the below address.
Date: Thursday 6 October
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Bradley Forum, University of South Australia
Eligibility: Young person aged 16 - 24
RSVP: Email email@example.com to register your attendance by 3 October 2011.
Your Big Year was created by Smaller Earth as a way to engage people in the themes of entrepreneurship and global citizenship. It uses an incredible prize of a trip to 5 continents meeting community and world leaders to create excitement but everyone who enters get placed in a draw for a Smaller Earth project and the 12 finalists will all be flown to Liverpool in March 2012.
Your simple task is to get in the Top 100. Here is how: 50 places will be given to the most successful in our Passport Points competition. 50 places will be given to those who do well in Quest and Questions. You CAN enter both.
Here is how it works:
Once you have signed up for Your Big Year 2012, you can immediately get started on earning 'Passport Points'. Collecting enough passport points will guarantee you a place in the next round of the competition. By signing up, you will have already earned 50 points. The next thing you should do is check out the Your Big Year 'Video Wall'. Each of the videos on the wall illustrates an important part of the work conducted by Smaller Earth, Your Big Year and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Answer a question about any of the videos correctly and you will earn 75 points! On top of this, you can also earn 100 points by uploading a photo of yourself with the Your Big Year logo. Print the logo using the link provided, take a good picture and submit it from the 'Edit Your Profile' page.
Earning more points couldn't be simpler. By encouraging friends to sign up with your Passport ID, you will earn points for everything they do! If they answer a video question correctly, you both earn 75 points! If they upload a photo, you both earn 100 points! If you are in the top 50 by November 8th, you will automatically go for the chance to win a trip around the world, positively impacting others.
Quest and Questions
You can get through to the Your Big Year top 100 by competing in any or all of our 'Quest and Questions' competitions. There are 10 places available by entering Quiz One, which is open now and takes just 60 seconds to enter. You will also earn 75 bonus Passport Points by answering the simple question.
Quiz Two will open on October 6th with a further 15 final places available. Quiz Three will launch in early November to give out the final 25 places for a chance to win the Your Big Year prize. The final quiz is our 24 hour quiz marathon the fastest answers claiming their place.
It really is simple, and in addition anyone who simply enters whether a supporter or competitor will be entered into a prize draw to win an international Smaller Earth trip. Details will be announced on the Your Big Year Facebook page and on this website.
Once in the Top 100 simple tasks will be given that will mean you progress to the final 12 and are flown to the UK to compete in the Your Big Year final next march!
Profiles of young leaders on ouryoungheroes.org.au.