Youth engagement in education, training and employment continue to trend well below national averages. This disengagement contributes to long-term poverty and social exclusion for young people and their families. The rapid pace of technological, environmental and social change means traditional policy responses to these issues are no longer working. Global forces combine with national and unique local factors in Melbourne’s West to entrench disadvantage, widen inequality and make social mobility more difficult. Strong leadership and a commitment to co-design new ideas and local solutions are needed. Making use of the opportunities presented by the region and its young people will ensure they can fully participate and contribute to a prosperous Australian future.
YouthNow's purpose is to work with young people in Melbourne’s west to build their skills for a bright future.
We provide holistic training and employment services to allow young people to access high quality support in their community, build life skills to improve their learning and working lives.