YouthSource is a joint initiative of Northern Sydney Local Health District, the Department of Education and Communities, and North Sydney Council. Representatives from Northern Sydney Youth Health Promotion, Naremburn School, Arndell School, Pennant Parade Tutorial Centre (Karonga School), and Planet X Youth Centre came together in 2012 in recognition of an emergent need in Northern Sydney to inform young people of existing local services that cater to their diverse needs.
The YouthSource website and App will provide a central access point for youth friendly services and events throughout the Northern Sydney Region. YouthSource was created by young people for young people and those who work and live alongside them (i.e. parents, teachers, youth workers, professionals).
The YouthSource initiative aims to increase the dialogue between healthcare providers and youth; this will assist services in being more accessible and youth friendly, whilst empowering young people to take greater ownership of their health and wellbeing.
YouthSource has been funded through the Commonwealth Government’s “Every Student, Every School” initiative. A unique component of this collaboration is the inclusion of young people throughout every stage of the project. The ongoing development and maintenance of YouthSource will be driven by Northern Sydney Youth Health Promotion, which employs a team of local young people as youth consultants.