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YACWA Receives Lotterywest Resilience Funding & Meets with Minister for Youth

We were thrilled to be among the 140+ receipients of Sector Support for Resilient Organisations funding through Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Last week we were joined by Hon. Dave Kelly, Minister for Youth, along with members of Lotterywest for a certificate presentation and an important discussion on the needs of young people in WA in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and challenges it presents to the education, employment and health of young Western Australians.

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 #9: Digital Youth Work & Accessibility

YACWA's COVID-19 response and resiliency series continues this Wednesday from 9.30am with a special focus on digital youth work and accessibility.

In this free webinar, James Harris from will provide an introduction to digital youth work, and how you can maintain and continue online service provision moving forward.

We’ll also have a presentation from the Youth Disability Advocacy Network, with two young advocates talking about their experience during COVID-19, and how we can support youth services to be more accessible for young people with a disability.

Register for Youth Workers Unite #9

#ReduceYourSingleUse this Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is a global movement calling on people to be a part of the solution to plastic pollution, no matter how small or big their actions may be.

Youth Educating about Waste is sharing our tips and tricks over the next month to show and keep you motivated to avoid plastic waste as much as you can. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram to learn how you can reduce your single-use plastics, or check out our waste reduction resources here at the link below.

Plastic Free July with YEW

Join Perth Festival's Inaugural Youth Advisory Council

Perth Festival is looking for young art lovers age 18 - 26 to join its inaugural Youth Advisory Council.

From September 2020 – February 2021, members of the Youth Advisory Council will contribute to Perth Festival 2021 – advising on youth related issues across Festival operations, participating in program development and delivery, and producing their own project. The Council will also explore the Festival’s relationship with Indigenous community and artists, and what it means to create and present a Festival on Noongar boodja.

Expressions of Interest close on Monday 17 August.
Perth Festival YAC

WA Mental Health Awards Nominations Open

Individuals, organisations and initiatives can now nominate for this year's WA Mental Health Awards.

Nominations are open in eight categories spotlighting mental health coverage in the media, mental health promotion and innovation in driving mental health change.

Finalists will be announced during
Mental Health Week in October.

Nominations close 4pm, Friday 11 September.

WA Mental Health Awards

Join SS4C & AYCC's Student Climate Leadership Program

School Strikes 4 Climate and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition are joining forces to run a 7-week climate leadership program for school students.

The program runs from 15 August - 15 October and offers students the opportunity to be trained in leadership, change-making, communications and campaigning skills, and join together with other young people to fight for a more just and sustainable world. They’ll learn from trainers nationwide to become a leader in tackling climate change in their community.

Applications close at midnight AEST on Sunday 26 July.

Student Climate Leadership Program

Help Shape the Future of WA's Infrastructure

Infrastructure WA is developing a 20-year blueprint for infrastructure in Western Australia and are looking to understand the things that are important to young people, now and in the future.

This insight will help prioritise the types of projects, programs and policies that will benefit Western Australian communities the most as Infrastructure WA develops Western Australia's first State Infrastructure Strategy.

Take the State Infrastructure Survey

Young Carer Bursary Program

The Young Carer Bursary Program supports young carers to continue with their education. The program offers a limited number of $3,000 bursaries each year.

Applications are open for young carers aged 12 - 25 engaged in education at the high school level or beyond, including TAFE, apprenticeships and undergraduate programs at university.

Applications for the 2021 Young Carers Bursary Program are open from 28 July to 8 September 2020.
Young Carer Bursary Program

Youth Mental Health Conference
In Your Head Returns in 2020

In Your Head is a youth mental health forum designed for students and teachers. At this one-day event, participants will learn ways of maintaining good mental health from a range of keynote speakers, panellists and workshop facilitators. Be inspired by amazing heroes and discover what it is to be mentally healthy.

This year's keynote speakers include clinical psychologist and author Andrew Fuller, Hockeyroo player and Zero2Hero Ambassador Georgia Wilson, CEO of the Blue Tree Project Kendall Whyte and more.

In Your Head takes place on 3 September at the Perth Convention Centre.
In Your Head 2020

Prevent Support Heal Campaign

Earlier this month, YACWA met with Minister for Community Services, Simone McGurk MLA about the Prevent Support Heal campaign.

Kacey, one of YACWA’s Youth Homelessness Advisory Council came along and helped us make sense of it all by sharing her personal journey and some great solutions for the future.

Join the campaign via the link below so your story can be told too to politicians across WA.
Prevent Support Heal

YDAN Unleashed

UNLEASHED is the Youth Disability Advocacy Network's free exciting entrepreneurship, employment, and public speaking training program for young people with disability.

It involves engaging workshops and presentations, and working closely with and learning ‘everything employment’ from a diverse range of incredibly experienced speakers with disability.

Apply now at via the button below. Applications close Monday 10th August.
Register for YDAN Unleashed

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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