Introducing Dr Salote Scharr, Senior Researcher at yourtown

Salote Scharr is a Senior Researcher at yourtown. She feels fortunate to be working for an organisation that aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to create brighter futures. Her work focuses on employment and counselling programs and services, with a particular focus on marginalised children and young people in lower socio-economic areas. Salote’s research, evaluation and advocacy work looks at issues such as employment, social enterprises, mental health, self-harm, and suicide prevention.

Dr Salote Scharr
Dr Salote Scharr

The findings from her work are disseminated across the not-for-profit, community service, academic and government sectors to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people and to advocate for pathways for this group. Dr Salote Scharr joins us this December at the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and will present on the topic of ‘Tackling long-term youth unemployment: Practical strategies to prepare young people for work’.

More than 50,000 young people aged 15 to 24 years in Australia were in long-term unemployment in 2015. yourtown is working with over 7% of these young people. In a research project gathering the voices of young people looking for work at least 12 months, yourtown has identified the multifaceted barriers associated with long-term youth unemployment and the key interventions that engage and prepare them for work. The findings of this research form the basis of a model detailing responsive and tailored strategies to address the vocational and non-vocational barriers of these young people and transition them into sustainable employment.

The 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 at the Mercure Brisbane. This year’s theme is Finding Solutions and focuses on business working together with employment facilitators and agencies to create positive outcomes for Australia’s long-term unemployed.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and to secure your registration visit the conference website today.




  1. and still no help for the older and educated who can contribute to Australian society but are being discarded at an ever increasing rate.

    Isn’t being young wonderful, all these people offering all this help but never to those others who also seek help.