On the 15th April 2016 Youth Lab partnered with Mabo Foundation in Uitenage to host a PIN Youth Assets Workshop. Twenty young people gathered from various parts of Uitenage to share experiences of the challenges faced by youth in their community and together mapped out the existing and potential strategies for development in the community. In the workshop young people identified teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and joblessness as the greatest challenges faced by young people in Uitenage.
They identified 15 different social and economic assets such as NGOs, government programs and businesses that positively contribute to the community. While none of the young people at the workshop had heard of the NDP before, when presented with key goals set in the plan, the youth participants identified goals in the chapters on “Economy and Employment” and “Building safer communities” as the goals most aligned with the challenges and aspirations in Uitenage.
More importantly in developing strategies to address youth challenges, realising the need for greater collaboration between NGOs in the community, participants committed to developing an active citizens network that would invite all community based organisations and interested youth stakeholders to work together on projects such as a new youth development centre and a job seekers program. Youth Lab have committed to host the inaugural meeting of this forum.