Youth Action is a program designed to change physical activity options for Young People by engaging and giving voice to the target audience.
Youth Take Action for developing evidence based strategies to address barriers at the personal, social and environmental levels. In partnership with schools, community groups, researchers and local government, the voice of young people will be used to identify and address issues that they feel are important, within the context of their communities. The Youth Action curriculum project is supported by the Pratt Foundation and DEECD. The project engages the Dandenong cluster of schools with Keysborough Secondary College acting as an initial pilot; Monash researchers are evaluating the project and Sports Without Borders are making key links between the stakeholders.
Traditionally programs designed to engage young people in physical activity have: Comprised top-down strategies designed by adults; focused on individual knowledge/attitudes/beliefs; been universally applied despite differing context and; have consistently failed to consider broader policy, environmental, cultural and social factors. Youth Action is a program designed to change physical activity options for Young People by engaging the target audience. That is Youth take Action for developing informed, evidence based strategies to address barriers at the personal, social and environmental levels. Schools as part of their Health and Physical Education curriculum, will explore issues related to their own participation in community physical activity. Community groups and stakeholders will work closely with students to develop and implement the suggested strategies. Monash University researchers are collecting supportive data to ensure strategies are well informed and to evaluate the process. Sports Without Borders is contributing through making key connections between all stakeholders within the project. The Youth Action curriculum project is proudly supported by the Pratt Foundation and DEECD.