The Lake Macquarie Youth Development Officer promotes and addresses the rights and needs of young people in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area by supporting and resourcing the Lake Macquarie youth sector, community organisations and community members.
This is achieved through researching and identifying the needs of young people, agencies supporting young people and the Lake Macquarie community. The Youth Development Officer facilitates the Lake Macquarie Youth Interagency and Combined Youth Interagency and provides a fortnightly newsletter detailing events, training, funding, legal information, resources and other relevant information to the youth sector. The Youth Development Officer can assist services with information regarding submission of funding proposals to enable the provision of identified services. The Youth Development Officer also advocates for young people and youth services, supporting young people and the community of Lake Macquarie.
The Lake Macquarie Youth Development Officer (YDO) undertakes community development and supports other services and workers. The position varies greatly on the area, client group and needs of young people but is likely to include: