The Youth Voice project is an initiative of QPASTT and funded by the Australian Government, however it is run by young people aged 12-25 years from diverse backgrounds who are keen to explore ideas and educate their peers and the broader community on social justice issues, social policy and government processes impacting on young people. As well as engaging with young people from refugee backgrounds, the program targets other disadvantaged groups; including young people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Indigenous youth and young people with an involvement in child safety or the juvenile justice system.
The project is a series of sessions run by the steering committee held throughout the year, which are designed to encourage young people to facilitate and deliver forums on issues and solutions relevant to their backgrounds and interests. The main purpose of the project is to provide a constructive platform for young people to discuss issues which are important to them as they directly relate to local and regional government processes. The entire process aims to strengthen the social inclusion of young people in their community by providing opportunities for participants to develop leadership, peer support and advocacy skills. Youth Voice will also help young people to develop practical skills around event management, budgeting, public speaking, communication skills and community engagement.
Participants will develop the skills to effectively engage and advocate with community leaders around issues that are important to them, as the forums will involve members of the broader community including community elders, youth advocates, service providers, government representatives and members of local parliament. This has the potential to reduce intergenerational tension in communities and enhance the likelihood of young people remaining within their communities to become future leaders. Other benefits for participants include an increased understanding and sense of control and autonomy within mainstream systems, a sense of belonging in the broader community, increased understanding of multiculturalism and diversity and the confidence to assert individual rights for access and equity.
If you would like to join the Youth Voice Project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 3120 1517.