Youth workers across the ACT are committed to working to build young people up to see their potential and enable them to have a voice in our community.
The Youth Coalition of the ACT’s 16th annual Yogie Awards recognised and celebrated outstanding practice in the youth sector. Awards were presented in eight categories that recognise the work of groups and individuals. The 2019 winners, announced on 25 October, included Conflict Resolution Services and Woden Community Service, both winning multiple awards.
The ACT has the second-highest rate of homelessness in the country, of which homeless youth comprises a quarter. Early intervention has been proven as the best strategy in preventing homelessness for young people. Recognising this, Conflict Resolution Services (CRS) implemented its Family Support Program, a preventative program that uniquely puts focus on the whole family unit, rather than one individual young person. The program won the Excellence in Implementation of Evidence-Informed Practice award.
Conflict Resolution Services chief executive officer, Melissa Haley says, “Conflict in the family home is the number one factor leading to youth homelessness. The Family Support Program uses mediation principles to help families stay safe, connected and strong”.