Impact Youth Advisory Group APPLY NOW Our Youth Advisory Group (YAG) provides invaluable insights into services and current program gaps within the community and help us improve service delivery for our clients. Our YAG members are involved in regular consultations on issues that directly impact young people - both at Youth Projects and in the broader local community. Involvement in YAG contributes to ongoing community participation and engagement and gives young people a platform to share their views and have their voices heard - a forum that allows young people to develop their confidence, social connections, and leadership skills, whilst playing a key role in planning and delivering events for their community. YAG has made remarkable achievements and contributions, such as engaging senators and MPs to address youth issues, collaborating with Parliament of Victoria (including State of the Future), participating in consultations and surveys, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community through events. They have also organised an array of youth-led activities, launched Life Skills Training workshops, and actively contributed to the youth-led content series OUTspoken, addressing relevant youth-related issues. Read our OUTspoken series Aims & Objectives Champion the rights of young people, and highlight their talents, achievements, and accomplishments. Strive to create a secure and inclusive environment that encourages the active involvement of young individuals. Offer support in program planning and implementation, with the goal of driving societal transformation and improving service provision. Recognise and commemorate the valuable contributions of youth in the community, ensuring their voices are heard on important matters. Members are empowered through meaningful engagement and assigned valued roles, enabling them to express their ideas and foster independence and autonomy. Actively involve members in decision-making processes, ensuring their participation in shaping their own future and that of the community. Pictured here: (left) Kaif at the Parliament Youth Panel. (right) Hope (second to the right) participating in a youth panel. Can I participate & what's required of me? We are seeking dedicated individuals aged 15 and 25-years who have a real passion for making a difference, empowering others, and actively addressing issues that directly affect them. We hold YAG meetings fortnightly (every second Friday), ensuring accessibility for all by offering both in-person gatherings at our Sunshine hub PLUS online access (free pizza provided for in-person!) Your active participation in these gatherings is essential to participating in YAG. During the YAG sessions, members determine causes, activities, and events which strengthen our community and empower young people. Have a read over what’s involved and what’s coming up to see what YAG has been doing so far! YAG members are strongly encouraged to attend these events, as they contribute to personal growth, teamwork, and collective impact. APPLY NOW Coming up in 2023 and beyond! Convening a Youth Advocacy Council to develop a campaign, and advocate for young people. Youth-led events, activities, and initiatives (including Open Mic Night, Youth Awards Night, andYouth Art Exhibition). Curating and publishing more youth-led content to our OUTspoken series. Celebrating important dates in the LGBTQIA+ calendar including 'Wear it Purple Day' and 'Trans Awareness Week'. Youth forums and consultations with external youth services and community organisations. Professional development opportunities and technical skills training for young people. Pictured here: YAG at the BREAKING THE BINARIES exhibit Have more questions? Contact the YAG team via email or phone: (03) 9304 9100 Eager to lend your voice to shape programs and initiatives that empower young people? We are recruiting for 2023! APPLY NOW YAG is proudly partly supported by the Victorian Government’s Engage! 2022-2024 program.