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Workshops and Training

YACWA offers the flexibility of delivering training and workshops either in person or online. Training and workshops are usually co-delivered by our passionate and experienced youth consultants. We deliver workshops for the youth and community sector and also for young people.

Outlined below is the suite of workshops that we can provide, and the standard length of this workshop, however we can tailor these to your needs, by combining elements, or choosing models within each to make them shorter as required.

The prices listed here are for workshops delivered within 30kms of YACWA’s office (in Leederville) and for the number of attendees listed. If workshops are over the 30km, and/or there are additional numbers, we can provide a quote for additional costs. Organisations are responsible for promotion, bookings, IT, catering and photo/video consents as required, unless discussed with YACWA ahead of time and added into our quote.

Training for young people

Young Changemaker Workshop
Target audience

    Young people aged 12 to 25 who are passionate about advocating for change in a local community and/or on an issue affecting young people
Overview Young Changemaker workshop is comprised of two key components, advocacy and changemaking. In the advocacy module, young people will learn:

  • What is advocacy, looking at the different types and levels of advocacy
  • Barriers to change
  • Different ways to advocate for your cause
  • What your role can be in advocacy
  • In the changemaking module, young people will learn:

  • Explore examples of young people making change to get inspired
  • Work on a problem in a small group
  • Pitch their idea or solution to their problem to the group
  • This workshop is highly interactive, and includes games and activities, as well a presentation by an inspirational young person. All young people leave this session with a Power Up pack with information, resources and tips for how they can continue their changemaking journey in their community  

    Length 2.5 hours
    Cost
    $1,800 excluding GST (up to 40 people)
    Everything you need to know about Youth Advisory Groups
    Target audience

      Young people aged 12 to 25 who are thinking about joining a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) or who are already part of one and want to take their group to the next level. 
    Overview This workshop is designed to help young people become knowledgeable, skilled and confident in being part of youth advisory groups within their communities. In this workshop young people will learn or explore:

  • What a Youth Advisory Group is and why they might want to join one (or set one up of their own)
  • What skills they can bring to the group (they might not be what they expect)
  • What makes a great Youth Advisory Group, and pitfalls to avoid
  • How to advocate to their organisation when they see opportunities for improvement
  • This is a highly interactive workshop, with group activities and discussions. Young people will also have the opportunity to ask questions from other young people that have been part of Youth Advisory Groups in youth panel.

    Length 2.5 hours
    Cost
    $1,500 excluding GST (up to 25 people)
    How to be a peer researcher
    Target audience

      Young people aged 12 to 25 who want to develop their skills to talk to other young people and gather their opinions and ideas. This training is ideal for organisations who want to upskill their youth advisory group to do peer research.
    Overview This workshop is designed to help young people develop the knowledgeable, skills and confidence to deliver safe and effective consultation with other young people. In this workshop, young people will learn:

  • What peer researcher is and why we do it
  • How to choose what engagement method(s) to utilise
  • Where to find young people
  • Engaging with a diversity of young people
  • How to conduct safe and effective consultation, including boundaries, informed consent, confidentiality, managing disclosures and difficult conversations
  • This workshop is highly interactive and includes group discussions, working through scenarios and ‘can’ include the group developing their own consultation tools at the workshop. This workshop is co-delivered by a young person with experience in youth engagement.

    Length Varied, two hours to full day, depending on the need of the organisation (maximum 15 young people)
    Cost
    $1,200 to $3,000 depending on length

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    Training for the Sector

    Establishing and running a successful Youth Advisory Group
    Target audience

      Staff from organisations that are looking to set up a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) or want to improve the group that they currently run.
    Overview This workshop is designed to have youth and community sector worker develop a strong understanding of best-practice youth advisory group work and how to put this into practice. In this workshop, attendees will learn:
  • What a Youth Advisory Group is and the different reasons that motivate young people to join
  • How to recruit and attract a diversity of young people to their group
  • How to explore the skills of the young people involved, as well as maximise and develop those skills
  • What makes a great Youth Advisory Group and pitfalls to avoid
  • Strategies for embedding decision making within the organisation
  • This is a highly interactive workshop, with group activities and discussions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions young people that have been part of Youth Advisory Groups in a youth panel.

    Length 3 hours
    Cost
    $1,800 excluding GST (up to 15 people)
    Involving Young People in Community Groups and Committees
    Target audience

      Organisations with limited engagement with young people, such as community groups, volunteer groups who want to get more young people involved in their organisation.
    Overview This interactive workshop goes through:
  • How to recruit or get young people interested in your organisation
  • How to retain young people as part of your group or organisation
  • It covers:

    1. Motivation: Why young people might be motivated to join a community group or committee
    2. Culture: How to develop a more youth-friendly cultural within your community group or committee
    3. Communication: How young people can find out about your group and how you communicate once they join
    4. Practical considerations you need to address to involve young people such as venue, travel, accessibility etc.

    This workshop includes group discussions, a review of case studies and a youth panel with young people who have experience of volunteering on committees or community groups.

    Length 2.5 hours
    Cost
    $1,500 excluding GST (up to 15 people)
    Youth participation in planning and decision making
    Target audience

      Organisations who want to develop their skills in involving young people in planning and decision making.
    Overview This practical workshop is designed so that attendees come away with the tools they need to confidently do this work. The topics covered include:

  • Benefits of involving young people in planning and decision making 
  • Unpacking the challenges and why we don’t do it
  • Identifying where opportunities exist or where we are already doing it 
  • Safe and effective consultation (including access and inclusion considerations, safety, informed consent, managing expectations, incentives and reimbursement, feedback mechanisms) 
  • Highlighting a range of consultation tools and techniques that can be used in a variety of settings, i.e. at drop-in on singular topics, through to topic or project based consultation 
  • Applying what has been learned to a practical problem
  • This workshop includes groups discussions, an opportunity to apply what you have learned to a practical problem in your organisation, and a youth panel with young people who have experience being involved in consultations.

    Length 3 hours
    Cost
    $1,800 excluding GST (up to 15 people)
    Youth worker advocacy
    Target audience

      Youth workers, or staff who work in a youth worker like role who want to engage in advocacy, or currently engage in advocacy and want to know how to be more effective.
    Overview Youth workers are advocates for the health and wellbeing needs of young people. Often youth workers find themselves tying to advocate at an organisational and systemic level, alongside their core work of individual advocacy. This workshop will help you understand how you and your organisation can work towards addressing structural barriers through advocacy to improve outcomes for young people. You will learn how to:

  • With or on behalf of young people
  • For change within your organisation’s policies, practice and governance
  • To influence change in policy, practices and resourcing across local, state and federal systems of governance
  • This workshop uses real-world examples to develop understand and go through some of the tools you can use for advocacy.

    Length 2 hours
    Cost
    $1,200 excluding GST (up to 25 people)

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