YoungA21, working with Australia21 and collaborating with the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF), is developing a drug education resource for schools and community groups that aims to encourage students to talk openly about drug and alcohol issues, and to consider how to influence policy in this area. YoungA21 is also exploring the possibility of workshop-style events that engage young people’s perspectives on how to reduce the potential harm of drugs. This builds upon the successful 2014 Australia 21 event Smarter About Drugs, which included a workshop and panel discussion held in Adelaide.
Read the ALDAF newsletter announcing the Smarter about Drugs conversation pack.
Making the Future Work
Whether young Australians are adequately supported and prepared for the changing nature of work is another important issue that YoungA21 is working with Australia 21 to better understand. Today’s world of work is radically different from what previous generations have seen – flexible but uncertain patterns of employment, automation of many jobs and the continuing growth of a knowledge-based economy requiring highly educated workers. Young Australians face these employment challenges alongside many other problems such as rising debt and a high-priced housing market, an issue recently investigated in a new book Generation Less: How Australia is cheating the young. Giving young Australians a platform to speak about this pressing issue is important for informed policy debate, and YoungA21 is currently exploring ways to do this through a potential digital campaign and roundtable event.