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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 #8: Financial Assistance for Young People Post-COVID-19

Our fortnightly COVID response & resiliency sessions, Youth Workers Unite, continue next Wednesday with a free webinar from financial counsellor Amanda Ghouse of Midlas.

As the economic impact of COVID-19 and lockdown hits Australia, young people face unprecedented financial instability and barriers to employment. Significant disruptions to daily life, the rapid changes to welfare payments and the broader effects of the developing economic crisis has made financial literacy and education for young people an imperative component of youth work practice as we navigate the rest of 2020.

In this free webinar, financial counsellor Amanda Ghouse from Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas) will explore the various financial impacts COVID-19 and changes to the welfare system on young people in Western Australia, providing youth workers with tangible ideas and tools to support young people to secure and maintain financial stability.

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 #8: Financial Assistance
for Young People Post-COVID-19

Wednesday 1 July
Register for YWU #8
Youth Workers Unite Portal

Support young people to reduce their waste

Youth Educating about Waste spoke to young people about the waste problem, the barriers they experience in waste reduction, and ways that they can be supported to reduce their waste. 

If you are working with young people and want to find ways to engage them in waste reduction, you can download YEW's summary of findings below.

Download the resource

YEP celebrates Men's Health Week

To mark Men's Health Week, YACWA's youth peer sexual health initiative - the YEP Project - what sex and sexuality mean's for men by looking at what they don't tell men about sex.

Misconception's abound, but all men's bodies are valid, genitalia comes in all shapes and sizes and pleasure is best when it's a team effort. Explore more with the assistance of some helpful clay people via the link below.
The YEP Project's Men's Health Week Campaign

Stories from the Inside Season 2 now live

Social Reinvestment WA (SRWA) has just launched the second season of its podcast series, 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 two is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the SRWA website

Stories from the Inside - Season 2

Join the City of Vincent's Children & Young People Advisory Group

Our friends at the City of Vincent are seeking nominations for their Children and Young People Advisory Group for July 2020 - October 2021.

If you're a young person living in the City of Vincent or you work with young people in the area, submit your Expression of Interest by Monday 29 June.

Submit an EOI

MYAN Australia National Youth Settlement Framework Launch

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) released the NYSF in 2016 and it remains Australia’s first and only evidence-based national guide to benchmark good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds - and is the only one of its kind globally.

With practical tools, including Self-Assessment Guides, the NYSF is designed to equip policymakers and service providers with the skills and knowledge to best support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to thrive in Australia.

The 2020 edition includes updated information, a new section on youth work in Australia, new good practice capabilities and revised tools/resources to support application of the Framework in practice.

The launch will be an opportunity to learn about how the NYSF has supported good practice in service planning and delivery and features of the 2020 edition.
RSVP for the launch
Youth Taskforce update

The Youth Taskforce, which brings together representatives from the youth sector and the State Government to prioritise young people in the state's COVID-19 recovery, continues to meet fortnightly. The latest updates from the Youth Taskforce are:

Proposals under Review: The proposal review committee will review both the Flexible Small Grants Scheme proposal and the Embedded Youth Worker proposal ahead of our next Taskforce meeting where we should be able to provide a status update.

Moving into Recovery: As you may have seen in the media recently, Premier Mark McGowan announced the State Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The taskforce heard the voice of vulnerable young people will be represented in the recovery response, with the inclusion of YACWA on the State Recovery Advisory Group as well as the Ministerial Roundtables, with the Taskforce to be kept regularly updated on the outcomes and actions from these initiatives.

Housing First for Young People: Work continues by Working Group 2 to prepare a business case for a Housing First model for young people to present to the Taskforce by the end of the month.

Youth unemployment: The last meeting’s micro-session identified key areas of concern for young people as WA heads into long-term social recovery from COVID-19, with youth unemployment the prevailing issue for all members. This meeting discussed opportunities available to the Taskforce to elevate the issue and considered establishing a dedicated Working Group to further develop proposals to combat the issue.

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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