RYDON Inc [Regional Youth Development Officers Network] is a network of Youth Development Officers from the Cessnock, Dungog, Gloucester, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Upper Hunter and Wyong Local Government Areas.
RYDON’s primary purpose is to focus on community development activities that will assist young people to access community resources and opportunities.


    This is done through:
  • Promoting coordination, cooperation and networking between providers of services to young people;
  • Lobbying government and other relevant bodies on behalf of young people and providers of services to young people;
  • Supporting, organising and providing training for those working with young people;
  • Representing the interest of young people and those working with young people




Upcoming Events

Generation NEXT-Student Wellbeing & Leadership Programs 2018

Both live events (9th & 16th March 2018) will be broadcast for free in real-time for schools in interstate or regional areas. Not only can any school in Australia participate but also the audience can directly interact with the speaker and the live event via polling and Q&A through their digital device. Now schools in remote areas can actively participate and interact with this specifically tailored event for young people. Follow the link for more information on these events.

Still No Minister for Youth

Malcolm Turnbull’s new-look ministry was recently sworn in, but there wasn’t a Minister for Youth amongst them. In fact, there hasn’t been one since 2013, when Tony Abbott took office and decided to scrap the portfolio. Instead, the Office of Youth is located in the Department of Education.

With the majority of young people today feeling that politicians aren’t working in their best interest, it’s another slap in the face to our youth!

Read the Triple J Hack article here.

Mental Health is the Number One Issue for Young People

Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey has highlighted that Mental Health is now the biggest issue facing young people today. The number of respondents who feel mental health is the biggest issue facing young people has tripled since 2011. Read the report here.

It’s a must have resource for anyone working with young people.