For a year by year breakdown in the detailing completed projects follow this link: Completed Projects IIOY.
The Active Rural Communities program: Managed in partnership with the Western Australian Country Health Service, and funded by the Department of Health and Ageing’s Healthy Active Australia Community and Schools Grant program, this project was able to encourage children and young people to increase their involvement in physical activity throughout the ten rural shires in the South West Region. Although the project was completed in May, 2010, Investing In Our Youth are investigating ways to further roll out successful project outcomes such as ‘Prams In The Park.’ Prams in the Park is a project that encourages mums and bubs to spend 30 minutes in physical activity by demonstrating appropriate activity ideas at Play Group.
The Linking Education and Families program was developed by Fiona Farren and funded in six Bunbury Primary Schools in 2007 by the National Community Crime Prevention Program and in the same six schools by Lotterywest in 2008 and in Harvey Primary School in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, the LEAF steering group supported a successful application to the South West Development Commission Royalties for Regions to respire the development of a multi-media LEAF training package.
National Youth Week 2012
The state wide launch of National Youth Week was held at Bicentennial Square in Bunbury on Saturday the 14th April. National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. It empowers young people to come together to showcase their talents, discuss ideas and explore regional issues.
The South West Steering Committee made up of local young residents worked hard to bring to life the Grassroots Festival in Bunbury for local people aged between 12 and 25. A jam packed program ran from noon till 10pm.
Key components of the festival included live music from local artists, and the headline act ‘The Novocaines’, urban art workshops and exhibit, skating, scooter and BMX expo and workshops, rides and interactive displays and most importantly, a youth ‘side show alley’ packed with local services.
Investing In Our Youth polled young people at the launch in a survey to highlight key issues for young people and identify gaps in service delivery. The survey was funded through a small National Youth Week grant and was supported by Bunbury Retravision. National Youth Week poll 2012.
The three priority issues identified by young people were:
1. Body image
2. Bullying/Emotional abuse
3. School or study problems