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Youth Workers Unite #13

YACWA's free PD and connection webinar series Youth Workers Unite continues next Wednesday with metro and regional sessions featuring a presentation on sexual health and young people from the YEP Project.

Youth Workers Unite #13: Young People & Sexual Health Metropolitan Session
9.30am, Wednesday 21 October
Register via Zoom

Youth Workers Unite #13: Young People & Sexual Health Regional Session
1pm, Wednesday 21 October
Register via Zoom

In these free webinars, the YEP Project will unpack all things sexual health, with a focus on how youth workers can better engage with their clients around sexual health education and safety.

As always, we’ll have space for service updates, collective problem-solving and peer-to-peer networking at the end of the session.

Youth Workers Unite #13

Moment of Youth: YACWA at Disrupted Festival

We're excited to team up with the State Library of WA for Moment of Youth: a YACWA-curated panel featuring some of our brightest young minds exploring what a better world means for young people.

Zahra Al-Hilaly (Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Young Women's Council Australia) chairs an all-star panel  of leading change-makers, featuring Brenda Amito (2019 WA Young Person of the Year) Mohammad Hadi Rahimi (headspace, YMCA WA) Imara Mandred (North Metro TAFE, YACWA) and Kobi Morrison (Propel Youth Arts WA, Koondarm Choir), exploring the current wave of youth-led activism, storytelling and young people's drive for change. 

Disrupted Festival takes place on Saturday 7 November in the Perth Cultural Centre

Moment of Youth at Disrupted Festival 2020

MYAN WA Mental Health Self-Advocacy Forum

MYAN WA is hosting a forum for mental health self-advocacy among refugee and migrant young people on Friday 30 October.

This event will give you a unique opportunity to hear directly from refugee and migrant young people about their experiences in navigating primary care and mental health services, the ways they and other young people can better advocate for themselves in these settings and the skills and knowledge other young people should be aware of.

We will also be discussing findings from MYAN WA’s COVID surveys and consultations in particular around the impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Register for the Forum

Youth Work IO Virtual Summit

We're proud to be supporting Youth Work IO and our fellow national peak bodies at Virtual Summit: Youth Work in a Changing World next month.

On Wednesday 4 November - smack bang in the middle of the International Youth Work Week - hear from YACWA CEO Ross Wortham, along with sector leaders from YNOT, YACVIC, Youth Action and YANQ on how to respond to the changing needs of young people, plus sessions on youth workers' responsibility to First Nations people.

Youth Work IO Virtual Summit

Youth Taking Charge Disability Summit

The Youth Disability Advocacy Network are holding their Youth Taking Charge: Disability Summit 2020 on the 27th and 28th of October!

This is a free, accessible, all ages event! Join guest speakers and presenters as they talk about what really matters to young people with disabilities in WA - featuring the four key topics of mental health, employment, NDIS, and self-advocacy.

To find out more and register, visit

Youth Taking Charge Summit

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 Week WA Grants Now Open

Applications are now open for the Department of Communities' Youth Week WA grant round, supporting events that bring young people together during WA Youth Week, 9⁠–⁠16 April.

Up to $3,000 is available for collaborative community events, while $1,500 is available for individual events, with a focus on events in regional and remote areas.

Applications close Thursday 12 November at 4pm.
Youth Week WA Grants

Good Film Club for Young Film Lovers

Perth Festival's Good Film Club returns for its second year and is on the lookout for young film lovers aged 16 - 26.

Good Film Club members experience the full Lotterywest Festival Films program at UWA Somerville from November 2020 to March 2021 program, free of cost, attending all films on opening night as a group. Over several sessions members will meet with our Program Associate: Film, Tom Vincent to discuss the program, marketing and their experience.
Apply for Good Film Club

Safer WA for Children and Young People

The State Government has launched an online resource which will update the public on the implementation of recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse. It will serve as an all-purpose child safety hub, bringing together relevant safety tips and information on effective ways for young people to seek help and report allegations of abuse.
Safer WA for Children and Young People

Work and Development Permits Scheme

New Work and Development Permits (WDP’s) allow young people in WA experiencing hardship to reduce their outstanding court fines, by engaging with services in the community.

Organisations can help by supervising approved activities on a WDP as a sponsor,
including volunteer work, counselling, education and training, medical and mental health treatment, drug or alcohol treatment and mentoring.

To apply for sponsorship, or find out more, visit You can also call Legal Aid WA on (08) 9261 6353, or Aboriginal Legal Service WA on (08) 6371 4600.
Work and Development Permit Scheme

Recovering Function, Building Hope - BPD and Complex trauma webinars

NEAMI National have partnered with Our Curious Minds to deliver a series of workshops  designed to help both clinical and non-clinical services gain a better understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Complex Trauma.

The workshop will help participants develop a clearer understanding of BPD and Complex Trauma, their differences and similarities, and provide effective strategies to support consumer-centred outcomes in challenging situations.
Recovering Function, Building Hope - Regional WA

Digital Inclusion Public Information session

The WA Government is committed to making sure that our people and communities can confidently and safely enjoy the benefits of digital technologies in their everyday lives. That’s why the Government is consulting on a draft Blueprint for Digital Inclusion in WA, which proposes ways to improve digital inclusion in WA. The draft Blueprint is also available in a short and more accessible format in the Community Blueprint.

Join the WA Government’s digital inclusion project team at an information session to discuss the Government’s draft Blueprint for improving digital inclusion in WA.
Digital Inclusion in WA: Public Information session

Harmony Week Grants Now Open

Applications are now open for the Office of Multicultural Interests' grant round supporting activities during Harmony Week, 15–21 March.

Up to $2,000 is available for non-profits organisations to run activities that support community-led diversity and inclusion, with a focus on culture, arts, sport and active recreation.

Applications close Monday 19 October at 4pm.
Harmony Week Grants

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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