Midwest Listening Tour Reports

About the Midwest Listening Tour 

The aim of the Listening Tour in August 2022 was two fold; 

  • to explore the strengths and challenges in remote Midwest communities, and capture these as a peak body, and;  
  • create a space to work together to map out approaches and solutions that create better outcomes for young people and the services who support them in the community.  

YACWA invited sector professionals across 14 local government areas of the Midwest to connect with one another in a half-day workshop format, facilitated by YACWA. Representatives from the sector came together to not only share the strengths and challenges within their community but to explore solutions at a local level. This provided us the opportunity to build relationships, listen to the needs and priorities of remote communities within the Midwest, and capture what we heard to assist in identifying advocacy priorities moving forward. 

These reports summarise the issues we heard from participants in regional and remote Midwest communities, with the intention of capturing sector voice that may otherwise often go unheard and to advocate to decision makers to engage in dialogue with communities and provide the necessary place-based resourcing.