Young People and Adversity: Stories of resourcing and resourcefulness

Project Status: Current
People Involved: Jennifer Skattebol, kylie valentine, Myra Hamilton, Deborah Brennan, Catherine Thomson, Megan Blaxland
Research Areas: Families & Communities; Policy Design, Impact & Evaluation
Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program

Despite recent investments in youth services, many young people with complex needs still struggle to secure the resources they need. Understanding how to better resource these young people is essential if we are to improve their wellbeing and outcomes. Drawing on the life stories of disadvantaged young people, this project aims to provide new evidence on the way they understand, approach, and use formal and informal resources in the context of changing circumstances and biographical trajectories over time. This evidence will drive services that are responsive to young people’s needs, cultivate their capacities for resourcefulness, and complement the other resources they have available.

Resources

Tell Us Your Story (Website)

Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project (PDF)

Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: A snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project (Word)