This is a central place that collates all of the resources we have been releasing for young people, youth sector and promoting youth voices.
We're also incredibly excited to announce our COVID-19 Youth Experience Papers which were developed with the COVID-19 YACWA Steering Committee. These papers outline the consultations held by YACWA with young people about their experiences of COVID-19 and their ambitions for recovery. It should be read in conjunction with our COVID-19 Youth Recovery Framework.
This Saturday, YACWA presents a panel of young change-makers, activists and advocates at Disrupted Festival in the Perth Cultural Centre.
Zahra Al-Hilaly (Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Young Women's Council Australia) chairs an all-star panel 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.
It's International Youth Work Week! From today to 8 November, organisations all over the world are spotlighting ingenuity, dedication and creativity of youth workers. Keep an eye on the Youth Work WA Facebook & Instagram and follow the #YWW20 hashtag for more.
We'll be celebrating by keeping our eyes peeled to the screen for YouthWork.io's Virtual Summit this Wednesday 4 November, featuring a session from youth peak CEOs (including our own Ross Wortham!), an international digital book launch and an exploration of youth work from a First Nations lens.
It's governance season at YACWA - and we're looking for nominations to our Board of Directors.
If you have governance experience and you're passionate about the youth sector, young people and YACWA as an organisation, throw your hat in the ring - we have one two ordinary board member positions and one for a board member 25 years old or younger. Nominations close Monday 9 November, with the new appointees announced at our AGM / Youth Sector Sundowner.
We're also on the hunt for new Life Members - so if you or someone you know has been a part of the YACWA massive for more than a decade, nominate!
We're on the lookout for the first ever Youth Pride Network Project Coordinator!
YPN - YACWA's youth-led advocacy network for LGBTQAI+-identifying young people - has just received funding for three years, so we're looking for someone to steer the YPN ship on behalf of LGBTQAI+ young people.
As YPN Project Coordinator, you'll be driving the organisation's policy and advocacy; building relationships with government and across sectors including community services, health and education; developing education programs and acting as the voice for LGBTQAI+ young people in Western Australia.
YACWA's Youth Educating Peers (YEP) project hosts SHQ's Magenta service to deliver a free professional development session for Perth Youth Workers: Supporting young people engaging in sex work.
Magenta offers support, health services, education and information to female, male and transgender workers in the sex industry. Magenta provides outreach and in-house services to sex workers.
This professional development session will cover an introduction to Magenta’s services / introduction to sex work, sex work in society, tools for working with sex workers, working with young people who sell sex and common myths about sex work.
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.
The Commissioner for Children and Young People is on the lookout for change champions - young Western Australians aged 18 and under who are looking to make their voice heard, share their insights and make recommendations on important issues.
Participants will be asked a question every school term, starting with Term 1 2021, asking a question like, what needs to change in your town for young people?, and will go into the draw to win a $25 gift voucher each term.
Enrolments are now open for Mentoring 2 Work - a program pairing young people receiving Centrelink with career mentors to help them build skills, develop confidence and find employment in the industry of their choosing.
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.