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Consulting

YACWA Consulting is our fee-for-service arm of the organisation. With over 40 years of experience working with young people and the sector that supports them, YACWA is ideally placed to help organisations in several ways.

Testimonials

“YACWA brought to the table an approach that championed young people to lead the engagement process. We were blown away by how successful this approach was and the great young leaders discovered in the process.”  

– Town of Victoria Park  

“We’ve been raving about what a fabulous session it was… Great to have some really original content, beautifully crafted and presented. I have actually attended a few community meetings and heard people speak of some of the learnings from that night.”  

– City of Cockburn  

“[The STAY Board] has reviewed the draft Strategic Plan and supporting documents. They wanted to convey how pleased they were with the outcome. They felt that YACWA captured the essence of STAY magnificently and that as a group they felt really inspired from the document.” 

– Short Term Accommodation for Youth Geraldton (STAY) 

 

 

About YACWA Consulting

YACWA offers fee for service consulting work covers four main areas:

  1. Strategic development. YACWA can work with both Government and not-for-profit organisations in youth planning and strategic development. We ensure that youth participation and co-design is front and centre of organisational frameworks, policies, plans and strategies. 
  2. Consultations and engagement. YACWA designs high quality youth and key stakeholder consultations and engagements. The work we can do in this space ranges from youth-friendly survey design to engagement workshops, interviews, journey mapping and more. We are highly skills at supporting young people to co-design and co-deliver consultation and engagement with their peers.  
  3. Events and forums. support in the planning and delivery of youth-led events  
  4. Training and skill development: equipping people within your organisation in how they can be responsive in addressing the needs of young people

Why YACWA? 

As leaders in the field of youth participation best practice, our work is supported by academic research, proven training and our extensive engagement with children and young people. YACWA strongly believes that they are the experts in their own experiences, and we are dedicated to helping your organisation ensure young peoples’ equal access to participation in community decision-making processes. 

Benefits & Pricing

YACWA offers the flexibility of delivering training and workshops either in person or online by our passionate and experienced youth consultants.  

YACWA members are entitled to a 10% discount on all consulting services.  

To become a member, sign up at the YACWA Membership Portal or contact Matthew Tomich (Member & Community Engagement Officer) at matthew@yacwa.org.au to find out more.  

Through attending YACWA’s training and workshops you can expect to: 

  • Gain fresh ideas and different ways of thinking 
  • Shape and maintain the relevance of your group  
  • Support the sustainability of your group 
  • Build the skills of next generation 

Each of our training and workshops can be adjusted to suit the unique needs of your group. To discuss how we might be able to help your organisation or for pricing, contact Lianda Gibson (Business Development and Consultancy Manager) at lianda@yacwa.org.au to find out more. 

Training & Workshops

TRAINING FOR THE SECTOR 

Involving Young People in Community Groups and Committees 

Do you want to support young people to step into their potential as leaders in the community?  

Our training will equip you with the skills, knowledge and resources for how to successfully design and deliver best practice youth groups within your organisation. This training will enable you to understand the benefits of youth participation and strategies for meaningfully engaging young people within your community groups, committees and advisory groups.  

This training will enable you to learn how to: 

  • Appeal to young people’s motivations  
  • Address practical considerations for engagement
  • Create an inclusive, youth-friendly culture in your organisation 

Youth Engagement & Participation  

Want to know how you can best champion the voices of young people? 

Embedding the voices of young people in the design and delivery of services will ensure that you get the best outcomes for your organisation. Our Youth Participation Training will enable you to determine how you can best work alongside young people to help build their confidence in the work of your organisation and wider community. We will discuss the importance of meaningful engagement, common issues or challenges faced by young people with engagement, and techniques for how you can best support and amplify their experiences.  

Youth Work and Advocacy 

Want to know how you can advocate for clients on an individual, organisational and systemic level? 

Youth workers are advocates for the health and wellbeing needs of young people, which is why it is important to know how you and your organisation can work towards addressing structural barriers through advocacy to improve outcomes for young people.  

This workshop will provide you and your organisation with real world examples and tools for how to advocate: 

  • 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 

TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Everything you need to know about being part of a Youth Advisory Groups 

Interested in levelling up your skills to join or improve your Youth Advisory Group? 

This training is for young people to learn about what a Youth Advisory Group is and why they may want to join one (or even set one up on their own!) This is an opportunity to:

  • Know what skills you can bring to your group to harness its potential
  • Understand what makes a great Youth Advisory Group, and pitfalls to avoid
  • How to advocate to your organisation when you see opportunities for improvement

Young Changemaker Workshop  

Are you passionate about advocating for change on issues affecting young people? 

Young Changemaker provides an avenue for young people to express their concerns and get inspired to reach out and speak up to decision makers to influence change. Utilising YACWA’s advocacy toolkit, young people will have the opportunity to deep-dive into real world examples to tackle issues that they are passionate about and learn strategies for how to engage the broader community to encourage collective action.   

This workshop is peer-led by our team of youth consultants who bring their own unique lived experiences and wisdom to support young people’s transition into changemakers to generate innovative ideas to address the issues or challenges facing them and their communities, and to facilitate their transition into becoming change makers.  

Our Clients  

Over the last few years, we have had the pleasure of supporting the following organisations to champion the voices and experiences of young people:  

  • Australian Red Cross 
  • Centrecare 
  • Child and Adolescent Health Services 
  • City of Bayswater 
  • City of Canning
  • City of Cockburn 
  • City of Fremantle 
  • City of Gosnells 
  • City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder 
  • City of Melville 
  • City of Rockingham 
  • City of South Perth 
  • City of Stirling 
  • City of Wanneroo 
  • Commissioner for Children and Young People 
  • Curtin University 
  • Department of Communities 
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) 
  • Harvey Local Drug Action Group 
  • Mental Health Commission 
  • MercyCare 
  • Passages Resource Centre 
  • Shire of Ashburton 
  • Short Term Accommodation for Youth (STAY) Geraldton 
  • Starick Services 
  • Town of Victoria Park 
  • WA Aids Council 
  • WA Police 
  • White Ribbon Australia
  • YMCA 

 

Youth Consultants
Caitlin

Caitlin

Caitlin is an enthusiastic young person. Currently studying Behavioural Science, Social Justice, and Politics, they are dedicated to applying their knowledge and lived experience to help better the representation, inclusion, and empowerment of young people. They believe it is vital that young people are meaningfully included in the creation, implementation, and review of strategies, policies, and initiatives that impact them. They have experience on multiple councils and reference groups, such as YACWA's COVID-19 Steering Group, the Fremantle Youth Network, and as president of their university's LGBTQIA+ group. In their spare time, they enjoy dance, podcasts, and phone calls with their nan.

Cheyeanne

Cheyeanne

Cheyeanne is a young person with a passion for human rights, social justice, and LGBTQIA+ activism. Cheyeanne has worked within a number of think-tanks, research centres and non-for profits, most recently creating resources to help LGBTIQA+ young people better navigate life under COVID. Cheyeanne currently volunteers on the Youth Pride Network committee and has previously volunteered for her university's guild as the LGBTIQA+ convenor. She is a political science and international relations, and Korean studies honours graduate, competing her honours thesis on inter-Korean relations and human rights from an ontological security perspective. Cheyeanne is a dedicated researcher and is committed to ensuring intersectionality is at the forefront of her work.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a young person with a big dream to transform our education system and how we prepare young people for their futures! She is the founder of Purposeful, a social enterprise helping young people to create meaningful work and future pathways for themselves. During her time at university she was a Director at Bloom, a youth-led incubator that acts as the catalyst for early-stage founders to begin their entrepreneurial journey in WA. She is passionate about having powerful conversations that shake up the way people think and has had many epic opportunities to do just that through her roles as a Fogarty scholar, TEDx presenter and BCG Scholarship recipient.

Kay

Kay

Kay is a queer young person with a lived experience of disability and a passion for the inclusion and consultation of disabled people in a 21st century landscape. They have worked within environmental advocacy, as well as YACWA’s Youth Educating about Waste (YEW) Project and the Youth Digital Inclusion Project. With intersecting identities as a queer non-binary person, they are passionate about creating inclusive policy and programs that promote and advocate for the rights of queer disabled people in WA. They are completing their undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Biology, with a goal to monitor disturbances and conserve migratory shorebird reproduction along the Western Australian coast. 

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca is a passionate advocate, both for young people and people with disabilities. She seeks to ensure that young people have a voice and have influence when it comes to their rights and issues that affect them. Rebecca volunteers as Managing Director of Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours). She hopes to use her personal and professional experiences to make the world a better place for young people and people with disabilities. In Rebecca's free time she enjoys playing power soccer and working towards her ambition of representing Australia at the 2022 Power Soccer World Cup. 

Haseeb

Haseeb

Haseeb is an advocate for youth equality, health and access issues and is passionate about young people having a voice in making the decisions of today. Haseeb is currently 21, and started his medical degree at UWA this year, where he is a Fogarty Scholar. He volunteers and works with organizations such as Dr YES, UN Youth Australia and MAN UP, a project he co-founded in 2020 which delivers workshops around mental health, male culture and healthy relationships to high-school aged boys, giving them the tools to develop and redefine their version of positive masculinity. This year, he is also the Co-Chair of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council and the treasurer of the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society. Haseeb hopes to create impactful and youth-driven outcomes through the youth consulting program at YACWA and is excited to bring his past experience to the youth consultant role!