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The YPP Story
The Youth Partnership Project (YPP) commenced in 2014. The establishment of the Project was a culmination of over two years of collaborative work between community and government entities in the South East Corridor Region to address the anti-social and criminal behaviour of young people on the South East Metropolitan train line (the Armadale Train line)*.
The South East Corridor of the metropolitan area of Perth has some of the highest incidents of youth crime, family violence and child neglect. These context-based social problems contribute greatly to the increasing problems of at risk youth throughout the region.
The South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project was established based on consultation with members from the South East Metropolitan Regional Managers Human Services Forum (SEMRMHSF) and has been driven by the South East Metropolitan Youth Working Group, a sub-group of the SEMRMHSF.
The Youth Partnership Project is funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities’ Social Innovations Grant and is supported by key stakeholders, which include central policy agencies, government departments, relevant non-government service providers, as well as the local communities. Save the Children was elected by the SEMRMHSF Youth Working Group to act as the backbone organisation for the project, providing leadership, strategic direction and administrative assistance to the YPP.
*For more information on this, please refer to the Save the Children report Identity on the Line, which can be found at www.youthpartnershipproject.org.au/identityontheline.
The YPP's Youth Collaborative Action Networks (or Youth CANs for short) are designed to provide an intentional space to build stronger relationships between local service providers, to ensure programs are complementary and mutually beneficial; whilst also reducing duplication and identifying where there are critical gaps. The Youth CANs also provide a platform for advocacy on community trends, systemic barriers to services provision and a clear avenue to voice key learnings to a strategic level.
Youth CANs are established for a geographical area, and formed from on-the-ground staff from local service providers. Each Youth CAN begins by identifying and working towards key goals that can be collaboratively pursued by agencies at a local level, in addition to identifying areas in which they require advocacy or support from directors, regional management or government. Most CANS meet bi-monthly, and are encouraged to develop collaborative activities or projects to respond to local needs of young people.