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Improve youth employment


United NationsThe 15th July 2016 is World Youth Skills Day. The UN is observing the day with a special event on the theme of “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment."

 


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Celebrate NAIDOC week


NAIDOC WeekIt’s NAIDOC week from 3 to 10 July 2016. NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


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Theme of upcoming GAP Summit announced


Spaces of Australian Innovation image for site newsHow can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? This will be the key theme of this year’s Global Access Partners Annual Economic Summit in the NSW Legislative Assembly Chamber on 15 and 16 September.


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An international voice: My concerns as a young person in today’s world


posted by Megan Boehm, Jun 29, 2016

Is today’s youth really mindless, lazy and technology-dependent? Megan Boehm is a young American student, and here she shares some of the big issues her generation really is concerned about.

A common mindset seems to be that today’s youth are stuck in the digital world. Everywhere you look, a teen is intently staring at a cell phone, texting their friends or playing Candy Crush. We are more connected than ever. The Internet solves our problems for us and answers our questions. But all of this has turned our children into mindless, lazy, technology-dependent zombies.


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Australian Youth


For the next two months, we will talk with youth workers, researchers, young industry professionals and various youth organisations. Why do we want to talk about youth? Because the topics that concern them affect all of us, young and old.

According to a recent survey, young people identified alcohol and drugs, equity and discrimination, and the economy and financial matters as some of the most important issues in Australia today.

This year, nearly 350,000 young people are not enrolled to vote in Australia. What can we do to get everyone involved in the political process?

Many young people report that they face barriers when it comes to their post-school study/work goals. What factors are affecting the job market and youth employment rates, and what can we do to address the number and quality of job opportunities?

Lots of youngsters also question their confidence when it comes to achieving their ambitions after school. How are current educational programs preparing students for their careers? What changes can we expect to see in education, and how will they affect youth now and in the future?

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas, your hopes and concerns with our online community.


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Australian Youth Discussion Forum

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