Just in case you need a little bit of help explaining to your managers and supervisors why this conference is so essential to your work, we've put together a simple business case template.
Just copy the info below, review it and select the themes that are most relevant to you, personalise it, and send it off in an email!
We've highlighted the parts you need to personalise in bold.
Dear [Manager, Board etc.],
As you know, with all of the changes happening across our sector, we have to be able to continually redefine ourselves to meet the challenges we face as a youth service/youth workers/sector. Youth Action has put together a relatively cheap conference for youth sector professionals where I can learn about the most critical aspects of our changing youth services landscape. I think it's essential that we have a representative there.
Youth Action's 2017 Youth Work Conference is the one conference that I consider absolutely essential to my professional success this year. My job as a [youth worker: change if you need to] is to involve young people in all aspects of our work, and continually learn in order to get better outcomes for our young people.
At the conference I will get exposed to researchers, experts and practitioners who are leading the development of practice and innovation in areas like youth-led research, co-design, collective impact, outcomes, and working with hard-to-engage groups.
Although the Youth Work Conference is just two days (25 and 26 October),I have the opportunity to learn the following (amend this list based on your position):
- How to work better with, and get better outcomes for, Aboriginal young people;
- How to work better with, and get better outcomes for, young parents;
- How to work better with, and get better outcomes for, young people in a family context;
- How to work better with, and get better outcomes for, disengaged young people;
- How to take the step from youth worker towards management and organisational leadership;
- How to begin evaluating program outcomes through a Theory of Change;
- How to begin evaluating program outcomes by putting together an evaluation plan;
- How to evaluate our programs in young people-friendly ways;
- How to use collective impact approaches to get better outcomes for young people (including populations of young people);
- How to involve young people in helping us design services and programs;
- How to structure practice and programs around an evidence-based framework;
- What Australia's largest study into children and young people's wellbeing means for our service and my practice.
I'll also get the chance to meet other people working in the area, build professional networks, and come back excited, energised, and with a lot of practical things to add to the organisation.
The 2017 Youth Work Conference is reasonably priced, at only $300. Registration fees are much lower than those for most conferences of this calibre, and the two-day youth-specific format packs a lot of punch into a small package.
If you give me the go-ahead—and I sincerely hope you will—you can expect me to return with plenty of new ideas and insights I can put to work right away. Please let me know if you would like additional information, or visit Youth Action's website at www.youthaction.org.au/ywc17 for details.
Sincerely, [Your Name].