Youth worker’s scholarship rescheduled

Youth worker Matt Hill.

A NEW Norfolk youth worker has been invited to take part in an online summit following a decision to postpone the National Youth Futures Summit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this year it was announced that New Norfolk’s Matt Hill had been awarded a scholarship to attend the summit which was originally scheduled to be held in Melbourne on April 20-21. During March it was postponed due to Covid-19.

“The National Youth Futures Summit has been rescheduled as a virtual online summit from August 24-28,” Mr Hill told the New Norfolk News yesterday. “This summit is the first of its kind and additionally it is now the first virtual online youth summit.”

Mr Hill said the summit was originally planned as a two-day event, but it would now be a five-day event with the same aim to understand the problems and challenges young people face in education, employment, and transitioning into the workforce.

“The summit will explore a range of topics including education, training, job services, young workers’ rights and future changes to the workforce and work types,” Mr Hill said. “It is understood that all keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops have been re-scheduled for the virtual summit.”

Last year Mr Hill was invited by National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) to take part in NYCA Inquiry Focus groups in Hobart as an identified expert in youth engagement and participation. He also supported Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) with their attendance and participation in the Hobart focus groups.

“NYCA is an independent, non-partisan community inquiry into the challenges faced by young people preparing for and seeking employment now and into the future,” he said.

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