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    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Young people can have their say on new youth strategy

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Friday, March 04, 2016

    Young people can have their say on new youth strategy

    Young Queenslanders are being encouraged to have their say on the development of a new youth strategy with a series of engagement forums that began rolling out across the state yesterday.

    Minister for Youth Shannon Fentiman said the Queensland Government was committed to listening to young people and helping them reach their full potential.

    “Young Queenslanders are the experts on the issues that affect them and we are eager to hear what their priorities are and how we can all work together to face the challenges of the future,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “That’s why a series of engagement forums and activities will be held across the state to canvas the views of young people to provide input into the development of the final Queensland Youth Strategy.

    “We want to hear directly from young people about what they need to reach their goals and ambitions.”

    Ms Fentiman launched the engagement forums in Beenleigh yesterday.

    Twenty other QYS Future Building Forums will be held in areas such as Logan, Cunnamulla, Toowoomba, Bowen, Gladstone, Mt Isa, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Noosa, Redcliffe and Hopevale. 

    The Queensland Government is partnering with the PCYC to deliver the forums across the state.

    “We will be working closely with the PCYC to talk with young people and I’m keen to get to as many forums and one-on-one opportunities as possible so I can hear first-hand what young people want from their government,” Ms Fentiman said.

    “The views of young people will form the backbone of the strategy to make sure it is reflects the views and serves the needs of  young Queenslanders.”

    The PCYC forums have been designed to reach particular groups of young people; however, schools, community groups, youth agencies and other stakeholders can  take the opportunity to host their own forums if they wish. More information can be found at: http://www.pcyc.org.au/QYS.

    An online survey has also been developed so young people who can’t make it to a forum can still have their say: http://www.pcyc.org.au/QYSHaveYourSay.

    For a list of events or to register interest in hosting a forum visit www.pcyc.org.au/QYSFutureBuildingForums