Future Proof

Young People, Disaster Recovery and (Re)building Communities

Future Proof is a unique model of youth and community development created in response to the 2019-2020 bushfire season known as Black Summer. Funded by the Federal Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) has brought together eight local councils, two Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs), three Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs), and Victoria University to collaboratively deliver the project’s objectives. These key stakeholders contribute extensive knowledge, experience, and skills as the project delivers youth-led activities, youth advisory groups, training and a community of practice that ultimately supports the region’s young people in their recovery and (re) building of their resilience.

The operational areas of the three LLENs – GELLEN, NE Tracks and NELLEN – cover the eight fire-affected local councils of Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, and Wellington Shires, the Rural City of Wangaratta, and the City of Wodonga. 

The LLENs will facilitate the project’s delivery of emergency management training for young people, as well as supporting the upskilling of the project’s peer and youth workers, and the coordination of 180 traineeships in local community and youth agencies. The project commenced in July 2022 and NELLEN’s Future Proof team are available now to discuss these opportunities.

For further information contact the Future Proof team: 

Nick Bond – Training Pathways Coordinator – 0429 969 452/ [email protected]

Mackenna Robson – Peer Worker – 0487 032 913/ [email protected]

Rebecca Lan Liu – Training Pathways Officer – 0437 526 956/ [email protected]