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State of the Youth Sector Forum

On Friday 25 September, we’re bringing together the brightest minds from the youth sector to build a new normal for young people in Western Australia at the State of the Youth Sector Forum.

Each year, YACWA invites youth workers, advocates and young people themselves to workshop the big issues affecting our sector.

This year, in light of the upheaval form COVID-19 lockdown and in the lead-up to WA’s state election, we have an opportunity to fundamentally rethink the way our systems serve young people.

The ideas we generate as a collective here will help shape YACWA’s pre-budget submission, our state election platform and our future advocacy for the young people and the youth sector.

For those living outside of Perth or otherwise unable to attend the physical event – we’ll be hosting an online companion event, State of the Youth Sector Forum Digital on 2 October, for which you can register below.

RSVP - State of the Youth Sector Forum
RSVP - State of the Youth Sector Forum Digital


Will you take action to Save Youth Work? We’re calling on you to contact your elected representative to fight the proposed changes to youth work courses in Australia. 

The Higher Education Support Amendment Bill 2020 will limit the number of places for youth work students and increase the cost of courses across Australia. This will directly impact the number of future youth workers and cut-off support to tens of thousands of young people.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that youth workers are needed now more than ever. We need to Save Youth Work in Australia and create opportunities for future youth work students.

#SaveYouthWork Petition

Youth Digital Inclusion Project
EOI Deadline Extended

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on many issues that already existed in society. One of these is the digital divide. During the height of the pandemic when schools and facilities closed and the majority of services went online, many of our State’s most vulnerable young people with no access to digital devices found they no longer had access to social and health supports.

The Youth Digital Inclusion (YDI) Project has been developed to respond to the digital divide experienced by vulnerable young people across our State. The Department of Communities has given YACWA a grant to distribute approximately 300 refurbished ICT devices to young people aged 16 to 24 in need.

The EOI deadline has now been extended from today to Wednesday 9 September. Services working with young people can submit an EOI via the link below.

Submit an EOI

Youth Workers Unite #12: Recovery Framework for Youth

YACWA's COVID-19 response and resiliency series continues on Wednesday 16 September at 9.30am with a special focus on YACWA's recently launched COVID-19 Recovery Framework for Youth.

This session will unpack the policy priorities of the Recovery Framework, including the experiences of young people this drew on and its recommendations for a pathway forward that addresses new and pre-existing hurt in our community. This is an opportunity to understand the priorities of the youth sector as a whole that have arisen following COVID-19.

The session will include opportunities for collective problem-solving and peer-to-peer networking.

We've also uploaded the recording of last week's session with Shaun Nannup exploring Aboriginal young people's wellbeing.

Register for Youth Workers Unite #12
Youth Workers Unite Portal

Become a YACWA Member 

YACWA has worked tirelessly to support young people, youth workers and the youth sector navigate this strange and challenging time. Now we’re asking you to join us commit to championing the rights of young people in Western Australia by becoming a member.

Over 40 years ago, a small group of agitators, firebrands and troublemakers joined together to form a united front for youth workers in our state. That same activist spirit, fuelled by an undying commitment to the rights of young people, runs through everything we do at the Youth Affairs Council of WA.

As we move into this recovery phase, we’re faced with an extraordinary challenge. Young people are expected to be some of the hardest hit by this upheaval to employment, education and daily life.

By becoming a member, you’ll be supporting our small team of change-makers to fight for every young person in our state.

Become a YACWA Member

Embrace at Telethon Kids Institute Youth Reference Group

Our friends from Embrace at Telethon Kids Institute are calling out for young people age 14 to 24 with a passion for mental health to join their Youth Reference Group (YRG).

Embrace at Telethon Kids Institute brings together researchers whose main aim is to make a positive difference to the mental health outcomes of children and young people living in Western Australia.

Participants will act as as sounding board for researchers, providing feedback on research projects, advice on engaging young people and introducing research ideas based upon lived experience.

Participants will meet two-to-three times a year on Zoom and face-to-face, receiving an honorarium of $35 for each meeting they attend. 
Submit an EOI for the Youth Reference Group

Housing First Early Tender Advice

The Department of Communities has shared the Early Tender Advice for the Provision of Housing First Support Services under the Housing First Homelessness Initiative.

This is the second integral part of the Housing First Homelessness Initiative. Department of Communities will be seeking to engage one or more service providers to deliver the Housing First Support Services in the Perth Metropolitan Area (including Rockingham and Mandurah), Bunbury and Geraldton.
Housing First Early Tender Advice

Youth Action Project Grant Scheme

Our friends at the Foundation for Young Australians are offering grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for projects supporting young people age 15-24 recovering from the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Applications are welcome from non-profits, for-profits and individuals and are encouraged to have a particular focus on mental health, employment transition and recovery.

Applications are open until Wednesday 7 October.
Apply now

Help develop guidelines to
prevent suicide in LGBTIQA+ young people

Telethon Kids Institute is currently recruiting young people to take part in a case study that will assist with developing best practice guidelines for preventing suicide in LGBTIQA+ young people age 14 - 25.

Participants will be asked to take part in an interview (face-to-face, phone or video call) in a safe environment that allows space to share stories and decide which questions to answer.

Participants will receive follow-up support after the conclusion of the interview and entitled to a gift card for their participation.
LGBTIQA+ Suicide Prevention Guidelines Project

Prevent Support Heal letter-writing campaign

The Prevent Support Heal campaign is asking people to write to their local members of Parliament to call for proper and balanced funding of WA's mental health system.

The need for increased funding into prevention and community supports is outlined in government's own 10 year plan.

They're asking you to write to your MP or the Minister for Mental Health and ask them to fund it via the link below.
Prevent Support Heal

WAConnect Data Exchange Survey

YACWA is working in partnership with the Peaks Forum to ensure that information about our services is linked, coordinated and up to date.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how important it is to know what services are available during an emergency, and to be able to provide this advice to people in immediate need.

Our work together is focused on ensuring an updated picture of what is happening across WA community services, and ensuring that various peak community services directories can create a web of up-to-date service information.
Take the survey

YACWA respectfully acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country. While our work is state-wide, YACWA's office is based on the land of Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation. 

We wish to pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend this to all Aboriginal people seeing this message.

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