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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

Youth Workers Unite #7: Supporting LGBTQAI+ Young People

Our fortnightly COVID response & resiliency sessions, Youth Workers Unite, continue next Wednesday with a free webinar from educator Bella Broadway of Connection and Wellbeing Australia.

LGBTQIA+ young people are one of the most vulnerable cohorts in the wake of COVID-19. Many LGBTIQA+ young people rely heavily on chosen family, informal support networks, and the provision of safe spaces outside of their typical home or place of residence.

Social distancing requirements have disrupted these supports for many LGBTIQA+ young people, and increased their contact with unsupportive and unsafe family environments. As a result, LGBTQIA+ young people are face increased risk of mental health problems, disengagement from services and associated challenges.

Bella Broadway will explore the specific challenges and impacts faced by LGBTQAI+ young people through COVID-19, equip youth workers with the preventative and postventative tools to support and respond to their needs.

Youth Workers Unite #7: Supporting LGBTQAI+ Young People
Wednesday 17 June
Register for YWU #7 with Bella Broadway
Youth Workers Unite Portal

Reduce Waste with YEW

A cleaner planet starts with you, and Youth Educating about Waste (YEW) are here to show you how!

Our resources are for young people, made by young people for you to learn how you can reduce and better manage your textile, food and plastic waste. PLUS tips for how to get started and bring your mates on board with you!

Check out the links below to access our FREE online resources.

Our resources have been created with support and guidance from the Youth Disability Advocacy Network for better inclusion and accessibility of young people with disabilities.

Reduce Waste with YEW

Stories from the Inside Season 2

Social Reinvestment WA (SRWA) has announced it is launching the second season of its podcast, Stories from the Inside, on 13 June.

Stories from the Inside tells the real stories and experiences of Aboriginal Western Australians with experience of the justice system and being in custody. 

These powerful stories make the case for justice reform in Western Australia and highlights the structural racism and injustice inherent in many aspects of our legal system. 

Season one is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the SRWA website

Stories from the Inside

The Ideal Models for Supporting Young People Experiencing Homelessness

A new article in the Journal for Applied Youth Studies argues that youth work, not social work or child protection, should be the priority model for supporting for young people under 16 experiencing homelessness.

Read the article

Are you ConnectGroups' new Senior Policy Officer?

ConnectGroups is currently hiring for a newly-created Senior Policy Offer Job.

ConnectGroupss the peak body for Peer Support Groups in WA. ConnectGroups works to empower and sustains existing and emerging Support Groups through advocacy, resourcing, education, training, and capacity-building. Support Groups provide peer support on a wide range of issues including mental health, chronic and genetic conditions, trauma, and social challenges. 

This is a newly created position to support the advocacy and governance arm of the organisation. The purpose of the Senior Policy Officer is to influence as much as possible as an advocate for the Support Group sector; by driving member consultation, producing research, and developing influential relationships with key stakeholders. 
Apply Now

Have your say in the Mission Australia 2020 youth survey

Every year, our friends at Mission Australia offer a platform for thousands of young Australians age 15-19 the chance to to shape policy, amplify their voice and share their worldview with their annual youth survey.

Make your voice heard before the survey closes on 14 August.
Take the 2020 Youth Survey
Get Your School & Organisation Involved

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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