- New online network for youth launched with support of Victorian Coalition Government
- Benalla local, Sam Heywood contributes to the project
- The Exchange will help young people connect and share ideas
Young Victorians now have a new way to connect and share ideas with the launch of a new website that has been designed for and with young people, Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes said today.
Dr Sykes said the innovative virtual meeting place for young Victorians, created through Victorian Coalition Government investment, has been designed to provide young Victorians with a place where they can have their say and communicate directly with State Government.
“The Exchange has been designed to give young people access to a range of information and resources and support them to be actively involved in their local communities and with other young people from across the state, including north east Victoria,” Dr Sykes said.
“The site is a virtual meeting place where Youth Advisory Groups from across Victoria can connect, share ideas and showcase events and plans for their local areas.”
Young Benalla local, Sam Heywood played an integral role in the creation of the website submitting his own reflections on working with a youth group and the difficulties it presented.
Sam attended the launch of the website in Bendigo where he got to meet and engage with other like-minded youth as well as influential public figures.
He said, “The experience was fantastic and allowed me to experience the passion that the Coalition Government has for working with youth.
“I made a lot of new contacts and friends and it has really helped to improve my skills in working in the community.
“I feel that this project has a lot of potential and I am excited to see future results,” he said.
The Exchange is a key part of Shape It!, the Coalition Government’s $3.2 million investment over five years to support young people to become involved in local decision making.
To find out more visit The Exchange at www.theexchange.vic.gov.au.