How to make a youth forum more interesting? Put it in a Ferris wheel!
Working with Miles Openshaw from the Globe Town Project, the Fremantle SWITCH ( Youth Advisory Council) ran a series of workshops with other YACs in the lead up to the forum, to explore issues affecting young people. The themes developed in the workshops were used to create the Ferris Forum which was run as part of the SWITCH it up event which closed National youth week.
On the day, mixed groups of five people entered the ferris wheel for a rapid fire, seven minute long discussion about the most pressing issues for youth today. It’s hoped the short amount of time riders will have in the wheel will produce genuine and candid responses that other mediums fail to uncover.
Above Photo: Minister for Youth Hon Peter C Tinley and Mayor of Fremantle Dr Brad Pettitt participating with young people in the Ferris Forum.
Photo credit facebook.com/freoyouth
Response collection team
After discussions in the wheel, the results were collected via video and survey with a long term vision that a report will be developed and made available to state government, youth agencies and other local governments to inform programs policies.
Regional centres, including The Shire of Broome, The City of Karratha, The Town of Port Hedland, City of Greater Geraldton and the City of Albany, will take part in the youth forum as well, ensuring that the voices of young people in the region are heard.
SWITCH it up event
The day ran from 12 – 4pm and included skateboarding competition run in association with Skateboarding WA, Parkour, Game Vault, Silent Disco, Open Mic, roving performers and chill out zones