2015 state wide launch of T2I Month

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Thursday, November 5th saw the North Coast emphatically engaged with the intent of positively transitioning young people from care to independence as they led the official launch of Transition to Independence (T2I) Month.  T2I Month is an initiative of G Force that began in 2010 with the aim of improving policy and practice around the manner in which young people transition from care to independence.  Each year G Force aims to hold the launch of T2I Month in a different Queensland region.


G Force is a State wide group chaired by the CREATE Foundation with membership encompassing government and non-government partners.  Together with CREATE young consultants with a care experience who lend a significant voice to the agenda, discussions and decisions of the group, G Force aims to improve the experiences of children and young people in care. The transitioning of young people from care to independence is one of the major focus areas for G Force.  The energy imparted into this sphere culminates in T2I Month. 


The 2015 state wide launch of T2I Month 2015 at the Sunshine Coast University Innovation Centre at Sippy Downs was a resounding success with over 200 people attending.  Most notably, Minister Shannon Fentiman and the newly appointed Queensland Family and Child Commission's Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon demonstrated their support for young people in their transition from care to independence.  


The event was expertly directed by Master of Ceremonies Gerry Norris, a CREATE young consultant, a former G Force member and a current practitioner.  The North Coast region showcased immense talent from the flash mob dancing displayed to young people singing a duet.  Both were celebrations of young people's engagement and talent and brought the room to a standing ovation and endless cheers.  The talent of the region coupled with the various businesses involved in supporting children and young people in care who spoke of their dedication and commitment to young people was inspiring.  


The team at the North Coast most certainly showcased the vitality that can occur when children and young people and their families, child protection professionals, businesses, individuals and communities join in unison with the aim to make a difference to the lives of children and young people both in their present circumstances and into the future.   Congratulations to all involved in this launch at the North Coast as well as all those across Queensland who are actively engaging with T2I month and sharing the important messages that need to be more widely understood and embraced.  


There are so many who are really getting behind this important initiative and the associated messages!  Thank you.


To download resources and for more information click here. 


Click here to view photos from the event. 

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