Youth connectedness project a first for the Hunter


The YOUnite project was conducted over 2014 and 2015 in response to a strong community need and increased youth unemployment in the Hunter.

The project aimed to discover the barriers to young people transitioning successfully from school to independent adult life.

  • What constitutes success / a good life to young people in the Hunter?
  • What are some of their long term goals and aspirations?
  • What (if anything) is preventing them from achieving their dreams and aspirations?
  • Do they understand the different pathways to achieving their dreams?
  • What do young people in the Hunter believe to constitute an effective transition from schooling to adult life?

The research was informed and shaped by:

  • Stakeholder Advisory Group made up of education and training providers, welfare agencies working with young people, and providers of other services to young people. Young people were also recruited to conduct and participate in the research.
  • Online feedback through YOUnite Facebook and Instagram group pages
  • Focus groups with young people to help shape the research
  • Telephone surveys of young people, their parents, and businesses / employers
  • Face-to-face surveys of young people in key meeting place around the Hunter conducted by young people
  • YOUnite Youth Summit (Feb 2015) where young researchers presented the project findings and young people participated in workshops to come up with real and tangible solutions to the issues which were uncovered.