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Middle Years Paper Launched

On Friday July 18, the Inner Metro Youth & Community Partnership (which is convened by the IELLEN) held a successful launch of its Middle Years Policy Recommendations Paper. This Paper was put together by the IMYCP's Middle Years Partnership group of eleven stakeholder organisations / services, which is also chaired by the IELLEN.

The launch, held at the Prahran Adventure Playground, was attended by twenty-five people. They included representatives from DEECD, DHS, the Office for Youth, the Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, and three inner metro LGAs.

"Our partnership has put pen to paper, identifying a dozen key issues, with twelve concrete recommendations." said Andrew Neophytou, the IELLEN's Senior Partnership Broker. "Our range of themes such as disengagement from education, outreach models, and diversion, reflect our focus on those aged 8 to 12, most vulnerable, most at risk".

Georgie Ferrari, CEO of YACVic, formally launched the paper, and commending the advocacy work by the IMYCP in the middle years.

"We hope the paper offers new, practical suggestions for further work - in policy and program development, and in securing resources needed," said Andrew. "Let's do what we can, to make middle years a greater priority."

Pictured at the launch are:

Below left: Andrew Neophytou, with Georgie Ferrrai, YACVic CEO.

Below right: Vivienne Brown (Office for Youth / DHS) with Lyndie Cookson (Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit / DHS)

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