By Kirsty Levis
NCWQ Youth Adviser
Youth Week 2014 (http://www.qld.gov.au/youth/be-involved-have-your-say/youth-week/)
National Youth Week 2014 will be held from Friday 4 April to Sunday 13 April and the theme is: Our Voice. Our Impact. Youth Week is coordinated by Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC), which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Youth Week events and activities in partnership with community organisations. This year PCYC will be running a Small Grants Program to provide funding to support organisations to deliver events in National Youth Week.
GoGetta Job – Jobs for YOUth (http://www.gogettajob.com.au/)
GoGetta Job’s Vision is to be a one stop portal for teenagers, their parents, schools and employers in providing access to job opportunities, information and support that assists youth gain employment. Employers have been especially catered for. In making it easy for them to list jobs and access relevant information. Never before has it been more simple to employ Australia’s youth.
Their aim is to be the No. 1 website in Australia for jobs and information specifically designed for youth between the ages of 14 and 20. Support and feedback will help them achieve this. ‘Together we can change the lives of young people – One Youth at a Time.’
Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership Inc (http://www.sunshinecoastyouth.com/)
The Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership (SCYP) is designed to reduce disadvantage and cyclical poverty by maximising the potential of young people on the Sunshine Coast and the capacity of organisations to support them. The SCYP focuses on partnering with community services, business, Government, schools and the general community to facilitate Capacity Development of a comprehensive and cooperative community based approach to support young people in all areas of community life, learning, development, employment, culture and recreation. The SCYP receives base funding from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and secures grants and sponsorship to fund its activities in the community.
Youth Arts Queensland – Young People Creating Queensland (http://www.youngpeoplecreatingqld.org.au/)
Every day young people across Queensland are tirelessly creating, facilitating and supporting countless events, festivals, exhibitions, performances, shows, workshops, venues, companies, organisations, projects and initiatives. Although these things are happening every single day, the effort, time and resources young people pour into their creative ideas and artistic visions often go unnoticed by the wider community. Young People Creating Queensland is setting out to change that.
Young People Creating Queensland was launched in November 2009 with an overwhelming response and support. This unique profiling website is continuously gaining members who have connected with other artists and organisations, been involved in amazing projects and have gained incredible experience within the industry. This project is dedicated to raising awareness of the work young people do around the state and crediting the effort they put into shaping the arts and creative industries in the state. Young People Creating Queensland functions as a directory of young creative Queensland. It’s the best place for community members, industry representatives and young artists to look for local talent!
BCC Youth Strategy 2014-2019 (http://yaq.org.au/index.php/bcc-youth-strategy-2014-2019/)
Brisbane City Council have released their Youth Strategy 2014-2019: Delivering a youth-friendly city
This Youth Strategy 2014-2019 is an integrated whole-of-Council approach to ensure they continue to be an organisation that values and includes young people in the life of Brisbane. Their vision is for a city where young people are healthy, resilient and confident young citizens who actively contribute to a better Brisbane. They are committed to working with young people, the community and other levels of government to ensure all young people who live, work, play and/or study in Brisbane are engaged, empowered, included and celebrated.
The Centre for Volunteering (http://www.youthvolunteering.com.au/)
The Centre is able to put organisations in touch with individual or groups of young people who are very keen to get involved and contribute to their community in a volunteer capacity. Some will be doing so as part of a school/university community involvement program which means that key insurance requirements are possibly covered by the educational facility. Research shows that young volunteers can benefit an organisation in numerous ways, including:
- Develop a base of future supporters
- Increase awareness about sector issues and the organisation
- Develop a giving mentality/philanthropy
- Build inter-generational connections
- Youth volunteers are pro-active and have a positive attitude
- Bring new talents/fresh ideas to the organisation
- Connect you with new communication technologies
Queensland Government Statements
- Next round of road safety grants open – Friday, January 31, 2014
- Help for wayward youngsters – Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Newman Government delivers Action Plan – Tuesday, December 31, 2013
- Road safety grants support practical projects – Tuesday, November 05, 2013
- Queensland Week sponsorships spread celebrations state-wide – Thursday, October 31, 2013
YWAM Youth Teams (http://www.youthteams.org.au/)
YWAM is an international movement that has over 50 years experience in more than 150 countries worldwide. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, build, and connect with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous. This allows each centre to adapt and to serve the specific needs of the community. YWAM Townsville has operated for over 20 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and to develop the community through four focus areas: Training, Medical Ships, Youth Teams, and Operations. YWAM values individuals’ rights to quality of life. The shared motivation is to provide people with:
- Access to good health care
- Food, drinking water, and shelter
- Opportunity for education
- Expression of culture, arts, and entertainment
- Healthy relationships
- Exposure to Christian faith and values
- Fair and productive government
- Opportunity to work and develop
Australian Youth Against Cancer (http://www.australianyouthagainstcancer.org.au/)
Australian Youth Against Cancer is a group of passionate and dynamic individuals brought together to change the fate of young adults with cancer (18-35). It was established as a not-for-profit organisation in January 2010 with a shared vision for a better world for young adults with cancer and is a fully registered charity with DGR status. Australian Youth Against Cancer was founded by Chris Boyd following his own personal experience with a rare form of head and neck cancer in 2009. Throughout his short time receiving treatment at Sydney’s RPA hospital, Chris observed the distinct lack of support available for young adult cancer sufferers and set about to create an organisation which created awareness and practical solutions to this problem.
AYAC’s connection with youth is an important aspect of the charity. Cancer is not a disease that just affects older Australians. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare article Young Australians: Their Health & Wellbeing 2007 reported that between 1993 and 2002, the annual cancer incidence rate increased by 10 per cent in the 12-24 year old category. AYAC has since grown into an exciting and dynamic fundraising engine for lifesaving national cancer treatment and research projects. In 2010/11 AYAC has been proud to support the remarkable work being undertaken in pursuit of the vision of the late Professor Chris O’Brien – The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. Lifehouse will be a world-class comprehensive cancer centre, bringing together treatment, research, education and support in one incredible new facility.
Youth Advocacy Centre (http://www.yac.net.au/)
YAC can assist young people with legal hassles including being charged with breaking the law or child protection issues, problems at home or school, lack of accommodation and/or income, being the victim of a crime, discrimination issues and general hassles. All services offered are VOLUNTARY AND CONFIDENTIAL. This means that YAC only works with a young person if they want to work with YAC staff and no contact is made with anyone (e.g. families, teachers, police, other adults) without the young person’s permission. YAC also tries to link young people up with other services in the community that can assist them.