The Forum brought more than 70 community members together to play, learn, and innovate. Participants included front-line workers, children and youth, parents and grandparents, academics, librarians, musicians, daycares, and social workers. The Forum, focused on creating local-global connections, also celebrated the 25th Birthday of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Young people explored and shared ‘What they need to THRIVE’ through art, games, and presentations. Diverse participants discussed priorities such as bullying, youth mental wellness, and early parenting supports. In short, this inaugural event sparked ideas for collaborative action to support positive, long term change for Victoria’s children, youth and their families.
“What a great space for young people, families, community members or partners to connect on child rights, for young people to THRIVE. I felt it was well executed and I met some great people and made some new connections. Your work...is essential for our community and its young people." – Participant
The Forum is for anyone who is committed to supporting young people to thrive in Victoria, whether a parent, medical practitioner, childcare provider, educator, librarian, youth worker, business, social worker, sports coach, police officer, government official or otherwise dedicated to children's wellbeing!