What matters to young people

13 June 2018


Young people from North East Victoria will be able to have their say on issues that matter to them at a youth forum in Wodonga tomorrow.

The peak body representing the youth sector in Victoria, Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) will be in our region on 14 and 15 June with the What Matters consultations.

YACVic, along with the support of Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students from Wodonga TAFE and the North East Local Learning & Employment Network (NELLEN), is hosting What Matters youth forums in Wodonga to hear directly from young people on what matters to them, to other young people and to their community.

This is an opportunity for young people to have a say on issues that matter to them, feed in to YACVic’s statewide advocacy with and for young Victorians, and work with Victoria’s peak body for young people and have a say on the big and small issues impacting on young people where they live, work, study or play.

YACVic has facilitated similar forums across metropolitan, rural and regional locations in Victoria since 2016 but this will be the first time they have been as far as Wodonga.

NELLEN Chief Executive Officer Bev Hoffmann said “It’s a great opportunity to have YACVic visiting North East Victoria and we look forward to hearing from young people and those who work with them.”

Following the forum, youth workers, educators and community development professionals from the region will be participating in an interactive Self-Advocacy and Storytelling workshop.

This free workshop will explore advocacy from a youth work perspective and focus on how to support young people to use the power of their own story as a tool for social change.

Both events will be facilitated by YACVic Rural Manager Andy Bell, a youth worker with a career of supporting young people in creative ways that spans more than twenty years and four continents.

The two sessions will be held at the Cube, Wodonga, with the youth forum on from 10 am to 12.30 pm, and the workshop for youth professionals being held from 1 to 3 pm.



For more information, contact:


Bev Hoffmann (NELLEN CEO)

(02) 6056 0966 or 0448 003 092



Naomi Peters (NELLEN Communications Officer)

(02) 6056 0966