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Youth Strategy and Action Plan

Council's Youth Strategy outlines our focus for our work with and for Maroondah's young people aged 10-25 over the coming years.

Our core purpose in this work is summed up by our simple Mission:

To raise the wellbeing of Maroondah’s young people

You can download copies of the full Youth Strategy and our first two year Action Plan here:

Youth Strategy(pdf 1mb)

Youth Strategy(docx 1mb)

Action Plan(pdf 200kb)

Action Plan(docx 3kb)

Our Strategic Outcomes 

To guide us we have four Strategic Outcomes:

1. Maroondah’s young people are healthy

Maroondah’s young people are empowered and supported to develop their health and wellbeing in all aspects of their lives. They are supported in this by their families, communities, schools, and community services, who in turn are supported by Council. Maroondah provides a safe and healthy natural and built environment in which young people can flourish now and into the future. 

What we’ll do:

  1. Provide high quality accessible services and activities that support young people to develop their health and wellbeing in all aspects of their lives
  2. Educate and empower young people to make positive choices about their health
  3. Support young people to have safe and respectful relationships that protect and build their health and wellbeing
  4. Ensure Maroondah provides a safe and healthy natural and built environment for young people now and into the future
  5. Develop community capacity to effectively build and support the health and wellbeing of young people
  6. Advocate for the provision of affordable, accessible, high quality and responsive services, resources and initiatives that effectively support the health and wellbeing of Maroondah’s young people

2. Maroondah’s young people are connected

Maroondah’s young people are supported by positive connections with their peers, families and communities. They can connect effectively with places and opportunities, both physically and online. They are well informed about the wide range of services, opportunities, and information available to them, and feel confident to connect with these. 

What we’ll do:

  1. Build young people’s sense of belonging, inclusion and connection through the strengthening of positive relationships with their peers, families, caregivers and communities
  2. Support young people to connect with the digital world in positive and safe ways
  3. Provide, develop and advocate for safe and effective options that connect young people to places, spaces and opportunities
  4. Work in partnership with stakeholders to ensure that young people and their families know about, and feel confident and safe to connect with, the range of services, opportunities, and information available to them 

3. Maroondah’s young people are engaged

Maroondah’s young people are empowered and actively engaged in matters that affect them and their communities. They have the skills, confidence, and opportunities to be active empowered citizens. They are able to engage in opportunities that have meaning and purpose to them, and are recognised and celebrated for their accomplishments.

What we’ll do:

  1. Ensure that young people are effectively informed and engaged on matters that affect them and their communities
  2. Employ principles of youth participation and co-design to ensure young people are effectively engaged and included in making decisions about themselves and their communities
  3. Support young people to develop leadership and advocacy skills that assist them to be actively involved and engaged citizens
  4. Provide, promote and advocate for a wide range of meaningful opportunities in Maroondah that are engaging for young people
  5. Recognise and celebrate young people’s accomplishments to support their engagement and inclusion in the Maroondah community

4. Maroondah's young people are prepared 

Maroondah’s young people are well prepared to thrive in an ever-changing world, both as adolescents and as they transition into adulthood. They are resourceful and resilient, and equipped to successfully navigate change and challenges in their lives.

What we’ll do:

  1. Equip young people with skills and knowledge that prepare them to successfully navigate change, grow from life’s challenges, and build their resilience
  2. Leverage the use of character strengths to prepare young people to flourish throughout their lives
  3. Support the development of positive learning environments in Maroondah that are engaging for young people and effectively prepare them for the future
  4. Assist young people to be work ready and prepared for the changing landscape of employment
  5. Support parents / carers, schools, and youth service providers to better understand young people and feel confident to prepare them to grow into adulthood 

Further information 

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Strategy, please connect with us. Call us during business hours Monday - Friday on (03) 9294 5704 or email us on youth@maroondah.vic.gov.au