On Wednesday 5 November, more than 100 government and non-government practitioners and managers from child protection agencies joined with young people who had a care experience at the Launch of Transition to Independence Month 2014 at the Upper Coomera Centre.
Transition to Independence (T2I) Month is a concept developed by G-Force – a workgroup of young people, non-government and government partners chaired by the CREATE Foundation.T2I is focused on positive transitions for young people leaving the care system as they journey towards independence. The Queensland Family and Child Commission is a G-Force member and 2 of our staff volunteered to help on the day.
The theme for 2014 is: My Future, My Dreams, My team! The event provided a fantastic opportunity to hear stories from young people who had a transition experience, to better understand what works and the importance of young person-directed practice. The young people who attended on the day were articulate and engaging, with lots of humour and candour.
The previous Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the Honourable Tracy Davis MP was present to launch an app for young people to assist with transitioning to independence. The app was an impressive collaboration between the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, CREATE and Telstra.
The app, SORTLI, is about “sorting your life out” and provides valuable information to young people about key things that are important to them. This includes employment and education, housing, life skills, and health. Several young people walked the audience through the app’s features, with attendees treated to a pop quiz to show off how easy the app is to use and find important information.
SORTLI is a great example of cross-sectoral collaboration and what great things can be achieved when young people are given a voice to participate.
The SORTLI app is free and available on the Apple, Android and Windows app stores. There is also a promotional video on YouTube that has been created to promote the SORTLI app.
To find out more about SORTLI or to download it, go to Apps and Tools on the Queensland Government Youth web page.