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State of the Youth Sector Forum Wrap-Up + Youth Pride Network Funding

We're still reeling from last Friday's State of the Youth Sector Forum, where gathered over 100 youth workers, sector leaders and young people to help imagine a new normal for young people in Western Australia.

We're so grateful for everyone who helped bring the event together - our amazing facilitators, Shaun Nannup, the staff and students from North Metropolitan TAFE, Susie Blatchford of Pixel Poetry for the photo you see above, and everyone who took part in our workshops. The collective work from this event feeds directly into our policy and advocacy the State Election and beyond into the rest of 2021. We look forward to sharing the results in a report at the end of the year.

We were also thrilled to have the Minister for Youth, Hon. Dave Kelly, announce that after years as a volunteer-run peak body for young queer people, the Youth Pride Network will now be funded advocacy body, equipped with resourcing to ensure young LGBTQAI+ people are better supported and their voice represented at the local, State and Federal levels of government.

Read more about YPN's funding at Out in Perth and the Minister Kelly's media statement, and watch the broadcast from the first part of the event, including the Youth Pride Network announcement, via the link below.

State of the Youth Sector Forum Re-Broadcast

Save Higher Education Campaign

Will you take action to prevent future generations of young people being saddled with overwhelming debt? We’re calling on you to contact your elected representative to fight the proposed package to increase university fees for students in courses such as the Arts and Humanities by up to 113%.

In a year where young people are facing a pandemic, a recession and a crisis in unemployment these changes will make it significantly harder for those already doing it tough. The plan to drastically increase student fees will lock many out of education pathways that have demonstrated benefit to their community, the economy, and their lives. 

We must act now to ensure a strong and sustainable Higher Education System for future generations of young people.

Save Higher Education Petition

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 Mental Health / AOD Consultations

Do you have contact with young people aged 12 to 24 who have opinions about how to improve mental health/AOD support?

YACWA is running forums, a survey and individual consultations for the Mental Health Commission. Forum attendees will receive a $70 thank you voucher.

Please promote this opportunity widely to young people.

Take the Survey
Register for the Leederville Forum
Register for the Cockburn Forum

Young Carers Consultations

'YACWA & Carers WA are looking to speak with young carers from both regional and metro areas about the effects Covid-19 has had on their lives. YACWA will use this consultation to help inform its advocacy to decision-makers to ensure the best outcomes for young carers. 

The consultation will be on Zoom and participants will receive a $50 EFTPOS voucher for your time. 

There are two consultations; participants will only need to attend one.

7th October 2020 4:30-6:00pm
21st October 2020 5:00-6:30pm 

Young Carers Consultations

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

Recommendations from the Building Bridges Project

The Building Bridges Project has published its key recommendations for the youth mental health sector and its support of Aboriginal young people.

The recommendations follow three years of consultations with Nyoongar Elders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and youth mental health services in Perth. The recommendations outline strategies to fight racism within the sector, co-design practices, community engagement and workforce recruitment strategies.

Read the full list of recommendations below at the Building Bridges Project website.
Building Bridges Project Recommendations

It Starts With Us: Youth Summit

The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Human Rights and Responsibilities Campaign (HRXHR) are hosting a free youth summit, It Starts With Us, in partnership with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Western Australia on Saturday 10 October.

The event will be aligned with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the right to education, and aims to give youth the opportunity to reimagine their education. Thirty youth are invited to be a part of the workshop presented by a diverse mix-up of speakers equipping them with tools, stories and skills to change our world. Centred around voice, participants will attend several workshops where they can listen, be inspired and collaborative with other passionate youth.
It Starts With Us

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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