Youth Forum

I’m helping to facilitate a youth forum as part of the City of Newcastle’s 2030 community consultations. We are planning to use world cafeopen space and creative workshops. I was asked to facilitate it but, after our initial discussion, we are hoping I will act as a sort of coach to a group of youth who will do most of the facilitation.

During the forum I will provide a “gallery view” and explain some of the background to the processes involved and how they might be used. This will allow the forum to be not only a consultation but also skill development for the youth involved. It also means that if a youth facilitator forgets something, through my role as a coach, I can fill any gaps during an overview of how the process can be used. By having youth facilitators, we hope there will be greater engagement of the participants.

Ruth and Rachel from the Council who are organising the forum, deserve to be congratulated. They have a looming deadline for a major report on the 2030 consultation, but are taking the time to include a greater youth voice and to try some creative strategies.

Because we see youth as an asset, we were encouraged to consider how they could have meaningful leadership roles while also developing new skills.

The forum is planned for 9:30 – 2:30 Tuesday 31 August 2010.  As an aside, if you any of you live, work or study in Newcastle and would be interested in being involved (possibly as a facilitor on the day) please let me know.

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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