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Horsham Rural City Council obtained a Local Government Youth Inclusion Grant from the Victorian Government which aimed to create better communication between young people and Council.

The overall goal of the project was to improve youth engagement practice within Council by developing effective mechanisms such as policy and templates and by improving skills of Council staff to engage with young people.

The intention is that the project would build capacity within Horsham Rural City Council and this increased capacity paired with policy and procedure would have a long lasting effect on our ability to successfully engage young people.

Over the course of the project, from June 2013 until June 2014, youth aged 12-25 from within the municipality were encouraged to have their say about what is important to them. We asked how best to engage with them whether it is face-to-face, via Social Media or another means. This occurred via surveys, face to face at events, focus groups and by the creation of a short 'YouTube 'clip. The clip can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufPeTYD7A38&feature=youtu.be and the total results in the following link Youthmatters survey results.

A 'YouTube' clip 'A Day In The Life Of A Council Worker' has been created to inform youth of what Council may be able to do to assist them. The clip can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M65uKucmVXM&feature=youtu.be

An information sheet has also been created on relevant Council services.
Infomation Sheet Link

"The Youth Matters project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Local Government Youth Inclusion Grants program."