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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

Join YACWA as our new
Youth Engagement Regional Support Officer

We are looking for a young person (aged 16 to 25 with experience of living in the regions) to join YACWA's new COVID-19 recovery Youth Engagement team.

The role is two-days a week for six months. Your focus will be on engaging with young people in the regions and developing resources and messaging suitable for this demographic.

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 16 July.

Apply now

Join YACWA as our new
Youth Digital Inclusion Project Officer

YACWA is also hiring for a newly-created Youth Digital Inclusion Project Officer position. This role is aimed at bridging the digital divide among young people that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront. You'll work with stakeholders in government and youth services to manage the refurbishment and distribution of mobile phones to youth services working with vulnerable young people, overseeing the EOI and evaluation processes of the project.

This role is 0.8 FTE for six months. Applications close Tuesday 14 July at 3pm.

Apply now

#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

Get Local & Vocal with your Federal MP

Our friends at the Foundation for Young Australians have just launched the Local and Vocal campaign, supporting young people to share their experiences and ideas directly with politicians.

The big decisions politicians and the Federal Government are making right now will impact the way young people live, learn, and work. Decisions like what support to provide renters, or when to cut back JobKeeper or how to support students returning to school will all impact young people.

Through the Local and Vocal campaign FYA are supporting young people to connect with others in their electorate and have a virtual meeting with theif Federal MP on two national days of action in late July.

Local & Vocal

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

Supporting the Sexual Health of Young People with Disabilities

YACWA's YEP Project (Youth Educating Peers) is hosting SECCA for a free face-to-face workshop for youth workers supporting young people with disabilities regarding their sexual health.

This workshop explores the intersection of disability and sexuality, the impact of carer and worker attitudes towards sexuality and disability, accessible sexuality education and more.

The workshop takes place at Foyer Oxford on Wednesday 22 July from 9am.


Raise the Rate for Good

We're joining forces with services, peak bodies and individuals around the country in support of the #RaiseTheRateForGood campaign, calling for a permanent increase to JobSeeker payments.

With the support of JobSeeker, and other income support payments, people have been lifted through the immediate crisis, but now we confront what will be a long-term economic downturn, we cannot turn our back on those who are at risk of being left behind.

Tackling poverty is fundamental to people’s wellbeing and intrinsically linked to the work that we all do in addressing homelessness, domestic violence, mental health, and alcohol and other drug issues. We need a permanent and adequate increase that ensures people on JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, and other income support payments can cover the basics they need. We cannot turn our backs on the brutality of people struggling on $40 per day.
Raise the Rate for Good

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

Mind the Distance Survey Assesses Digital Youth Mental Health Supports

Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute are inviting young people age 14-25, parents of children and young people age 0-25, and professionals working in the child/youth mental health sector to fill out a survey on remote mental health support for young people in the wake of COVID-19.

There has been a substantial increase in common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and children and young people are considered to be particularly at risk of mental health difficulties in the current context.

This survey seeks to understand the impact of non-F2F mental health care including telehealth services, digital mental health interventions, crisis lines and online supports.
Mind the Distance Survey

MYAN Australia Youth Panel

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) is hosting a youth panel led and moderated by young people from across Australia from refugee and migrant backgrounds, exploring the new normal during and beyond COVID-19.

This is an important opportunity to hear directly from young people themselves about the challenges and solutions to COVID-19 in a discussion focused on Education, Employment and Mental Health. This will be an interactive event with ample opportunity for Q&A with the panellists.

Purposeful's Unwritten Program

Purposeful is a social enterprise helping young people to feel motivated, confident and excited about their futures. The new program Unwritten offers second chance to find a career that’s not a chore to get out of bed for, a 9-5 that's fulfilling, pays the bills and lights you up every single day. Participants will leave with direction, and the confidence you need to take the leap and prioritise what’s important.

Get back in the driver’s seat and create a future that’s financially sustainable and driven by purpose. Curious? Express interest in the free program Unwritten today, coming soon.
Purposeful's Unwritten

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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