Youth engagement training workshop

  • Date: 6 May 2019
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
  • Apply: submit an Expression of Interest by 28 February 2019
  • Survey: share your thoughts on youth engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Youth Engagement Training Workshop?

The workshop is about boosting youth participation in invasive species management in Victoria. It aims to build capacity of individuals, groups, networks and organisations to embed youth-focused practices into engagement, project design and governance.

It is for people aged 16 years and over, who have an interest in giving young people a voice and supporting youth participation.

Whilst this is a one-off event, there is an expectation that there will be ongoing networking amongst the workshop participants afterwards, with participants encouraged to share their new skills across their communities, organisations and networks.

Why youth engagement?

Having young people contribute can support succession planning, encourage knowledge sharing, rejuvenate community groups and create new approaches for invasive species management.

The workshop has been specifically designed in response to community interest in boosting youth participation in invasive species management, whether it be via local groups, environmental or cultural conservation projects, or agriculture-focused initiatives.

What does it involve?

Boosting youth involvement is an opportunity to strengthen community-led approaches to invasive species management.

The workshop is a free, one-day training program for around 40 participants.

It will be participatory-based, with fun at its forefront, facilitated by people with passion and experience in connecting young people with the environment.

You will be encouraged to share your assumptions and experiences in engaging young people and supported to co-design projects that acknowledge and respect young people’s perspectives.

You can help plan the workshop program by completing our survey.

What will I get out of it?

The workshop will build on your experience in a safe space with the support of the facilitators and other participants. You will specifically learn how to co-design youth-focused projects that consider assumptions, limiting beliefs, the art of the invitation, and needs and purpose.

You will leave inspired and empowered to engage young people in co-designed projects focused on invasive species management.

If there’s something in particular you’d like to see discussed at the workshop, please let us know in our survey.

Who should apply to attend?

The workshop is free but has limited spaces.

We encourage Expressions of Interest from individuals who are:

  • involved in invasive species or natural resource management, OR
  • who have an interest in establishing an invasive species management initiative
  • AND who have a desire to boost the participation of young people in invasive species management – regardless of your age and experience.

Young people who are passionate about agriculture, landscapes or managing natural resources are encouraged to apply.

Who is running the workshop?

The workshop is hosted by Agriculture Victoria’s Weeds and Rabbits Project, and will be facilitated by Intrepid Landcare with the support of Campfire Co-op.

Find out more about the facilitators.

What does it cost?

Community volunteers: No cost. The Weeds and Rabbits Project can reimburse you for travel costs to get to and from the workshop (i.e. fuel or public transport fares, upon presentation of receipts – more information available upon registering).

Agency staff and other professionals: If you’re participating as part of your paid work, you or your employer will need to cover the cost of your transport to and from the workshop. 

 

How do I apply?

Please submit the short, online Expression of Interest form by 5 pm (AEDT) Thursday 28 February.

You will need to register for a Business Victoria user account in order to fill out the online EoI. This will only take a minute or two.

If you’re unable to access the online form, or would prefer to submit via hard copy or email, please contact lauren.hull@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Applications will be assessed by the youth engagement advisory panel (comprised of representatives from the community and Agriculture Victoria) according to the selection criteria (see below).

Consideration will also be given to ensuring diversity of participants with respect to age, gender, location, sector and skills.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome during the week starting 25 March 2019.

What are the selection criteria?

  1. Participants should have an interest in invasive species management, as shown through: involvement with a community, agency or industry initiative or relevant tertiary studies; OR an interest in establishing an invasive species initiative.
  2. Participants should be committed to boosting the involvement of young people in invasive species management in their community, agency or industry.

Is there a minimum age for applicants?

Applicants should be over 16 years old.

What region does the workshop cover?

Any part of Victoria where invasive plants and animals are an issue, including rural, regional, peri-urban, metropolitan areas.

I’ve got a great idea about engaging young people – who can I share it with?

You can share your idea by completing our survey. It’s open until Sunday 31 March, and the findings will inform the workshop format and subsequent grants program that focuses on supporting youth engagement.

You can also consider applying for funding to support your idea – see below.

The survey is open to people of all ages, from all sectors, and regardless of whether you’re applying to attend the workshop or applying for a grant. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

Is there any funding available to support youth-focused projects in invasive species?

Yes – there will be later in 2019. Following the workshop, the Weeds and Rabbits Project will be launching an open, competitive grants program to support groups and agencies to engage young people in invasive species management.