Drive My Future
Drive My Future
After a conclusive youth survey, Youth Barossa is underway with planning for a new initiative called ‘Drive My Future’. The project will assist young people who are struggling to complete the required driving hours to obtain their P plates due to the lack of access to an adult supervisor. This is achieved through volunteer mentors from the local community taking on the role of supervising the young person for set driving hours per week.
After results of a Barossa youth survey conducted between November 2009 and July 2011, it was found that there was not enough cheap/accessible public transport in the Barossa Valley region which meant youth had to drive or be driven to get around.Results also showed 15 per cent of young people aged between 17 and 25 years-of-age had a valid driver’s licence, while 53 per cent stated it was not easy to travel within the Barossa region. Of the grants provided by Youth Barossa, 90 per cent are utilised for driving lessons.A different survey done in 2012 by the Workforce Development Network indicated that while 92 per cent of young people have a car, or access to a car for driving lessons, 52 per cent have difficulty achieving the hours required and 74 per cent indicated they would use the volunteer driver program.
Driver training and skills support for improved access to work and education is also highlighted as a priority in Regional Development Australia Barossa’s Regional Roadmap.
Youth Barossa is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation and made up of a network of committed organisations, workers and volunteers that through their accumulated knowledge, skills and funds assist the advancement of young people and their projects.