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Youth Workers Unite #10: Racism & Advocacy in Youth Work

YACWA's COVID-19 response and resiliency series continues Thursday 13 August at 9.30am with a special focus on advocacy and support for young people experiencing racism.

This session explore the experiences of young people from migrant and refugee young people, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, in relation to racism using story-telling through the lens of three diverse Australians.

Youth workers can expect to learn about strategies and appropriate advocacy channels that can best support, as well as empower culturally rich young people in the various challenges of today and tomorrow.

Register for Youth Workers Unite #10
Youth Workers Unite Portal

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

YEW will be back soon

The Youth Educating about Waste (YEW) Project has completed its first phase of the project to develop a suite of online resources to support young people to reduce their textile, food and plastic waste. We are looking to continue our work in this space and hope to roll out the workshops for this project towards the end of the year! 

If you're a young person who is keen to learn more about saving the planet by reducing your waste, you can download the free resources below.

Download the YEW Resources

Homelessness Week 2020

As part of Homelessness Week, YACWA's Holly Rolfe - Coordinator of the Youth Homelessness Advisory Council - spoke with WA Today about her experience with homelessness as a young person, and the Home Hub's Homes for Good initiative.
Read Holly's story for Homelessness Week 2020

KickstART Festival Creative Coordinator + Youth Week Planning Committee Applications

Our friends at Propel Youth Arts WA are on the hunt for a new Creative Coordinator to lead the artistic vision for the next year's KickstART Festival.

The Creative Coordinator will work with a committee to drive the programming of the festival in concert with the Youth Week WA Planning Committee.

The Planing Committee will meet regularly to shape the theme and content of the festival, help facilitate community consultations and assist with promotion in the lead-up to the festival in April 2021.

Applications for the Creative Coordinator position close 5pm Monday 10 August.
Applications for the Planning Committee close at 11pm Sunday 23 August.

KickstART Festival Creative Coordinator Application
Youth Week WA Planning Committee Application

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

headpsace Joondalup's online wellbeing workshops

In 2020, our time is spent online – in one way or another – now more than ever.

The internet connects us to friends and family, games and entertainment, education, current events, and a million different ways to express ourselves. It has unlimited potential to have a positive impact on our daily lives.

It is also important to consider that, like anything else in life, there are downsides and risks too. Sometimes we can run into trouble finding balance between being offline and offline, finding support if things go wrong or taking control of our digital safety.

In this free workshop series on Mondays August 17, 24 and 31 at headspace Joondalup, young people age 12-15 can learn helpful strategies, practical tools, and explore the skills that enable us to thrive online.
Register for the Workshops

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

MYAN National Meeting on Disability

Next Wednesday the Multicultural Youth Advisory Netowrk and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) hold their national meeting on 'Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds with disabilities: exploring experiences and gaps'.

The event will be co-hosted by Nadine Liddy, MYAN and Dominic Hồng Ɖức Golding, NEDA, and will feature young people and representatives from the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

RSVP for the National Meeting on Disability

Helping children and young people to make complaints

The Commissioner for Children and Young People WA has been appointed to develop resources for children and young people explaining their right to speak up when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or marginalised, and outlining the steps they can take to raise their concerns or make complaints within organisations.

As part of this project, the Commissioner will also develop a resource to help adults to talk about the resources with children and young people in their lives, communities and organisations.

Young people, youth workers and organisations supporting young people can help inform those resources by taking the surveys via the link below.

Find out more

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

WA Government's Digital Inclusion Strategy

The State Government is seeking feedback on its Digital Inclusion Strategy, aimed at making digital technologies accessible and inclusive.

The Office of Digital Government has Digital Inclusion Blueprint for which they're seeking feedback through two surveys accessible via the link below.
Digital Inclusion Strategy

Youth Futures Summit

The Youth Futures Summit is a week-long virtual event that seeks to bring together thousands of diverse people across multiple sectors and communities to re-imagine education, training and employment systems for young people, and the rest of Australia.
Register for the Youth Futures Summit

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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