18 February 2010

Exploring what life is really like for regional youth

The RMIT University Hamilton Landscapes for Young People (L4YP) team is giving regional youth, aged 12 to 20, a chance to speak up about what life is really like for them in the Glenelg and Southern Grampians shires.

L4YP is calling for project researchers, who will tell project staff about their lives, do some exploring of their own, report back about what is happening and share their ideas, making a significant contribution to the results of the project and the landscape in which they live.

Researchers will be encouraged to explore the issues and challenges that they face, including how living in a rural area influences their choices and decisions, and what young people want from their communities.

L4YP is an innovative, three-year project being conducted by RMIT Hamilton, which seeks to explore issues and themes of interest and relevance to young people across the Glenelg and Southern Grampians shires in Victoria’s south-west.

Sarah Stephens, RMIT Hamilton’s L4YP Project Officer, said: “The L4YP project will raise awareness of youth-related issues in the community and result in a fresh understanding of young people, their challenges and opportunities.

“A great thing about the L4YP project is the fact that it is the young people letting us know what the landscape looks like from where they are, what they can see, and what we can do to give them a voice and method of exploring the issues and concerns that affect their lives.”

Young people are encouraged to contact Ms Stephens by phoning (03) 5572 0500 or via email: sarah.stephens@rmit.edu.au.

The L4YP project is made possible by funding from the Victorian Government’s Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD), The Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network, and the Glenelg and Southern Grampians shires.

For interviews: RMIT University Hamilton L4YP Project Officer, Sarah Stephens (03) 5572 0500.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Hamilton Communications Officer, Rachel McDonald, (03) 5572 0505.

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