Evolve Network partnered with a State (NSW) Government department to implement an event designed to engage young people in community

What mattered: The primary objective was to create an event to engage young people in community.

The Evolve process:  Rather than funding a once off event Evolve Network worked with the department to establish the Youthfest Event Fund distributing $175,000 per annum over two years to communities throughout the Far and Mid North Coast of NSW. Having previously managed an event research project Evolve was aware that many community events were run by ageing community members. This offered an opportunity to grow skills, form intergenerational learning opportunities and also to sustain events by attracting younger volunteers. Events could apply if they had a history in community and demonstrated their efforts to engage young people in the organising activities.