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In our YLab Year in Review, we use survey and project data to look back at our 2020 successes and impact, detail case studies of some of our most important work, and meet all the young people who made it all happen.
YLab established the COVID-19 co-design challenge to understand the challenges young people are facing within the context of COVID-19 and design innovative solutions to these problems.
Imagine if there was a way to tackle the growing under and unemployment rates of young people beyond just 'any job'? What if we dreamed big and designed employment to bring out young people's passion, skills, and ideas - increasing their connection to community, professional networks and enabling continuous learning opportunities in the process? Driven by a purposeful ‘why’, employment-focused social enterprises, such as YLab, can have the power to address unemployment challenges by doing things differently.
5 Lessons learnt from the YLab Co-design challenge: With social isolation measures in place, our usual face to face workshops had to be adjusted. So, butcher’s paper, sharpies and a gratuitous amount of post-it notes were substituted for completely virtual spaces. From the many lessons learnt from this process, here were 5 insights that will help anyone looking to facilitate online
The world is currently looking for a new way forward. First Nations communities across Australia and the globe hold many of the answers, and many Australians are beginning to adopt some of these cultural systems and ways of being like never before.
Bianca (Bee) Orsini
COVID-19 is testing people to the depths of their capabilities. We are seeing how people across the world respond when pushed to seemingly impossible limits. From frontline health workers, people caring for themselves and loved ones in unprecedented circumstances, and government and businesses making decisions which involve trillions of dollars and will impact the livelihood of billions.
The member for Murray Plains and I attended the Swan Hill YLab, with the parliamentarians leaving with a better understanding of youth issues and youth perceptions of Parliament and the young participants leaving with a better understanding of our democracy and a number of them planning to enrol to vote.
Minister of Parliament, Victoria
Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Love and Money workshop over the weekend. It was a fantastic one and I felt very invigorated after! I have worked in the public sector in Melbourne and have come to the conclusion that there aren't enough young people, particularly people of colour, involved in urban planning and shaping design strategies in their cities.
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