Youth Strategic Action Plan
Yarra Ranges Council sought to promote a seamless and collaborative services system to support young people and their families living in the municipality. To this end, Yarra Ranges Council commissioned Capire to develop a Strategic Youth Action Plan to address the priority issues for young people in Yarra Ranges and to deliver on the outcomes and goals detailed in Council’s Child and Youth Strategy.
The process involved engagement and collaboration with members of Council’s youth services department, the senior project team, and external stakeholders to determine priority areas, roles and responsibilities. This highlighted the importance of defining Council’s role in direct services provision and the role it would play in broader planning for youth, such as advocacy, capacity and partnership building.
One of the main outcomes of the project was building the capacity of the youth services department, which ultimately shifted the focus from service program delivery to a youth needs focus. A number of tools were developed, including one way to understand roles of Council and external agencies and how they define focus areas and priorities.
The Action Plan kickstarted development of a number of projects that Council will seek to deliver in the few years, including developing a youth engagement strategy, understanding existing needs and building partnerships with external agencies.