In the Redland Shire Council example, a reference group was established with representation from schools and Council. This group facilitated the formation of the Children's Voice Council and the program of activities to prepare primary school representatives for the role as junior councilors. The district high schools already had representation through the Junior Council, and through activities offered by the Council as part of the Young Citizens' Program.
How do partnership programs give young people a real voice in the community and make a difference? The teachers and Council in Redland Shire followed the following plan.
|1. Council consulted with schools to determine school and student needs, identified someone on staff who could be a potential liaison education officer; and developed some understanding of the school curriculum. Council and school identified a consultant to support the program if funding available.||Description of type of person/skills needed - thorough knowledge of council structure roles responsibilities. Acknowledge the partners will communicate at all different levels - to be effective , communication with students needs to be interesting and interactive.|
|2. Council and school(s) developed a partnership. Schools developed an active citizenship program. (If working as a school cluster, there needs to be a key contact or someone representing schools to coordinate activity with the council officer.)||Examples of citizenship programs identified, brainstormed and developed.|
|3. Promoted services||Invitation to breakfast letter - meet speakers and seek topics of interestEnd of year list of activities.|
|4. Planned processes for excursions and visits to school.||Booking sheet, Worksheets, Safety sheets, Evaluation sheets sent out after each guest speaker.|
2. Established Junior Council (years 10 and 11) and Children's Voice Council (year 7). Two representatives appointed from all schools.
Agenda for teacher meetings, CVC Program developed.
Other reference meetings were convened as necessary for teachers and council staff to coordinate the education program at school and at council sites. Teachers had input to the design of council worksheets and activities new window 189K (new window ) so that curriculum learning outcomes could be considered when students visited council sites or invited a council worker to speak at the school.