Youth Hub fills the gap

Article image - Youth Hub fills the gap Indigenous youth programs like ‘Geek in residence’, will be run out of the library Youth Hub, a satellite-space for positive youth engagement and learning.

Alice Springs Town Council has announced a pilot youth initiative designed to provide a positive and educational space for young people – the new Library Youth Hub.

Chief Executive Officer, Robert Jennings, said, “This exciting new Youth Hub is designed to provide a positive educational space for young people, after a clear gap in other youth services was identified. 

`“Elected Members have heard the concerns of the community on public safety; this new initiative is an example of Alice Springs Town Council working within its local government capacity to provide supplementary services to help address a complex community issue.

“Whilst law - including patrol and enforcement - is the mandate of the Northern Territory Government, Council can play a role in offering ancillary services to support a community wide approach. 

“This new program sits alongside many other successful youth programs at Council, such as the Splash Parties, Desert Hoops Basketball, Geek in Residence and the many offerings the Library runs, both in and out of school holidays.”

A gap in services for youth was identified by Library Youth Officers whilst on a constructive and educational program designed to re-engage young people. 

Council is working collaboratively with other complementary service providers including Central Australian Youth Link Up Service, Alice Springs Meeting Place Foundation, Bush Mob, Alice Spring Youth Accommodation and Support Services, Tangentyere Council, Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Territory Department of Education. 

Staffed by experienced youth workers, the opening hours will be 2pm to 6pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays. 

The six month pilot program is due to commence in early April 2020 with an evaluation upon completion.