Regional Youth Affairs Networks (RYANs)
The Victorian Government 's Regional Youth Affairs Networks (RYANs) give young people the opportunity to have a say about keeping Government services and programs relevant and useful to young people. It's a way for young people to express their views and ideas, be heard by the community and take part in decision-making and change.
Who gets involved?
These networks bring together groups of people who value young people and have an interest in their needs and talents. A typical RYAN includes representatives of youth services, business, Local, State and Federal Government, local communities and is supported by the Office for Youth. People join RYANs on a voluntary basis. RYANs involve young people in consultations and sharing their views on policy and programs.
What do they do?
RYANs are about celebrating what young people have to offer, and consulting them on relevant issues. RYANs get together to discuss regional issues, work together and assist the Government to make informed decisions when it comes to young people. Each group meets four times a year or more.
Where does it happen?
RYANs are at work across all corners of regional Victoria, as well as in inner-city and metropolitan Melbourne.
How can I find out more, or get involved?
You can contact the Youth Liaison Officer at your local Department of Victorian Communities office. For more details and regional contacts, see the Department of Human Services (new window) website.
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