Tag Archives: youth

Night Outreach

Geraldton Aboriginal Streetwork Corporation is an Aboriginal corporation that has been supporting young people since 1985. Geraldton’s small central business district runs right up to the foreshore of the Indian Ocean. The white sand, clean air and mild climate makes …

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Measure what you treasure

India-based evaluator Katherine Hay gave a recent talk exhorting international development agencies to think about what is most important and make that the measure of success. She challenged her audience to consider if India’s phenomenal economic growth was really more …

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Regional youth in Australia: out of school and out of work

Since I have been posting on the status of youth in regional Australia, every second news item seems to be relevant. A case in point is the release of the second year evaluation of the National Partnership on Youth Attainment …

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An increase in teenage mothers in regional Australia

In a recent post I looked at the high rates of early child bearing in two regions of Western Australia.  I argued that this was in part due to lower school completion rates plus young women’s lack of engagement in …

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Regional youth and jobs: who is working at what?

After a few posts that outlined the disadvantages of Western Australian rural and remote youth, it is a relief to describe employment rates.  One can still discern patterns which may limit regional youth’s opportunities.  However, proximity to growing industries like …

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Constrained choices and early motherhood: young women in the regions

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking …

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How regional youth are faring

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School completion rates in the region—and why it matters

Since WWII Australia has lagged behind other developed countries in school completion rates. That gap has been reduced but many young people are still not completing Year 12 or equivalent. The 2011 census found that 78% of 19 year olds …

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