The coronovirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. But what does it mean for youth?
Author and social researcher Claire Madden is asking youth (Gen Z) and young adults (Millennials) for their opinion in her 2020 survey.
Claire is a friend of Young Life Australia and so, we’re teaming up to gather the views of our young adult (Millennial) volunteers and those of young people – who are part of Generation Z.
You can have your say here at clairemadden.com.
Your views will help when Australia emerges from this time. Governments, schools, communities will better know how to support you!
Here’s a message from Claire:
Dear parents, carers and to everyone who attends Young Life Club,
Out of care and concern for the Australian community, we’d like you to know, Young Life Australia is aware of the latest advice about COVID-19 and is committed to acting responsibly.
We are asking you to help us in line with the advice given by the Health Department.
From Monday, March 23, 2020 all Young Life Australia Clubs and gatherings are suspended until further notice.
Young Life Australia will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and act in step with Department of Education decisions and official advice from the relevant Health Departments.
Thank you for being involved in Young Life and for helping us as we take the necessary steps to protect the wider community this season.
We are committed to supporting young people and finding creative ways to keep in contact during the coming months.
Please contact myself or your Area Manager if you have any questions.
Field Operations Manager, Young Life Australia
This document is a guide for Young Life Australia staff and volunteers. We’d like to share it as a source of information for parents, carers and other organisations we work with in partnership.
Young Life Australia is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all staff, volunteers, young people and their families. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronovirus) and its transmission in the wider community, our commitment is to act responsibly and in line with Health Department guidelines, to look after ourselves and everyone involved in the Young Life network.
- Check your State Health Department website for the latest and reliable updates.
- Protect yourself and others: wash your hands regularly with soap (sing happy birthday to yourself and then rinse), cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Importantly – stay at home if you’re feeling unwell.
- If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel or are in contact with someone else who has COVID-19, seek medical attention: call your GP, Healthdirect on 1800 022 222, or in an emergency, your local hospital emergency department.
- In the event that you believe you have been in close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please ensure that you report to a doctor for testing. Please inform Young Life Australia as well.
- Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return to work.
Young Life Club Precautions – Instructions for Staff
- Inform parents and young people Young Life Clubs and gatherings have been suspended until further notice from Monday, March 23, 2020.
- Request parents inform Young Life Australia if in the next two weeks they or their child:
- develop a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or,
- learn they have had close contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Please retain records of who attended activities just in case we need to inform health authorities in the future.
Young Life Australia will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and work through the implications of managing the COVID-19 challenge, responding to the relevant Health Department updates as they are announced.
Thank you for your ongoing support with this matter. We will continue to keep you updated.
CEO, Young Life Australia
P: 1300 557 647 E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: younglife.org.au
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National Day of Prayer for Youth
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Young Life Contact: Glyn Henman, CEO | PH 02 9877 5144 or MOB 0412 432 274
On Wednesday, August 21, Young Life Australia will be praying for youth in Australia and we are inviting the whole community to participate. Visit https://younglife.org.au/pray/
Why pray for youth? Because for every 100 young people (15-19 years) in Australia, fifty say they believe in God but only five attend church. Meanwhile 23 are at significant risk of mental illness and between 9 and 25 will struggle to find work when they leave school*.
“Praying for youth is so important,” says Glyn Henman who heads the national Christian youth outreach Young Life Australia.
“Young Life Australia is for teenagers who may not have any other connection with church or Christianity. We are involved in supporting youth by helping out schools with different initiatives such as breakfast clubs, lunchtime activities and sport; while running Young Life Clubs in the community – where anyone up to the age of 18 can join in. That’s where young people hear (often for the first time) someone talking about their love for Jesus.”
“On August 21, our teams will be praying in 15 centres around Australia for more volunteers and church involvement on the ground; as well as for schools in our neighbourhoods, church youth leaders and the youth who need to hear about the reality of God’s goodness and grace.”
“We’re keen for others to join us,” says Glyn. “We have information and prayer points from our youth teams on a webpage. People can tap in and pray at home or in their small groups. Really we want people to think about their local schools, the teachers, the kids who may be struggling, the influences good and bad on teens and pray for teens to come in contact with the Gospel and ways the churches can play a part.”
“Also we need to pray for Chaplaincy – it’s still running in many Australian schools – and the student wellbeing officers who play a part in helping families dealing with tragedy and various struggles.”
Young Life is an international movement. It arrived in Australia in 1972. Today, the registered charity employs 44 (mostly part-time) staff and has 400 volunteers who run a network of clubs and camps in 15 locations around Australia with church support and community donations driving the engine.
For more information about Young Life and find information on our National Day of Prayer, visit https://younglife.org.au/pray/.
*Data on teens in church was cited in Powell, R. & Pepper, M. (Eds). (2017). Local Churches in Australia: Scanning the Landscape. NCLS Research: Sydney, Mirrabooka Press: Adelaide and is drawn from 2011 surveys; Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute published the Youth mental health report Youth Survey 2012-16; and the research into youth unemployment was done by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.