The Northern Territory Council of Social Service (NTCOSS) will receive $170,000 in grant funding each year for the next five years to deliver the NT Youth Voice Project.
The project will strengthen the ability of young people to have their say in the development of policies and strategies that impact them directly.
It will assist young people and youth representative bodies to inform, participate and advocate at the highest level of decision-making, and is a critical step to ensuring young people are represented at that level.
NTCOSS will support youth service providers through the coordination of training and networking opportunities, increasing their capability to deliver better services for young people.
Key aspects of the project include:
- Working with young people, government and the youth sector to capture and share the positive and diverse voices of young people in the Territory;
- Engaging with the youth sector to help support its development;
- Actively seeking youth input into policy and reform through improved consultation and engagement; and
- Representing issues and opportunities relating to young people to the Northern Territory and Australian governments.
NTCOSS is an established leader in the sector and is well-placed to facilitate youth participation in decision-making. The organisation’s expertise will be a valuable asset.