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Consulting

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

Our Clients

  • Australian Red Cross
  • Centrecare
  • Child and Adolescent Health Services
  • City of Bayswater
  • City of Canning
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Gosnells
  • 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
  • Town of Victoria Park
  • WA Police Force
  • White Ribbon Australia

YACWA Consulting can help you and your organisation with:

  • Developing youth plans and strategies
  • Developing and facilitating youth forums for the sector and/or for young people
  • Designing and delivering youth events
  • Youth engagement and consultation
  • Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) development, support or advice
  • Youth peer-led work
  • Youth in Community Services training

YACWA is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field of current youth participation best practice. This reputation has a national profile and is supported by academic research, proven training and project management and, most importantly, extensive engagement with children and young people. YACWA strongly believes that children and young people are the ‘experts in their own experiences and wellbeing’ and we are dedicated to ensuring their equal access to participation in community decision-making processes.

Choosing YACWA to assist your organisation also helps grow our organisation and assists us to better support our members and advocate for young people in Western Australia.

 

Feedback from clients

  • “We had the pleasure of working with YACWA’s consultancy team in early 2021 to assist us in engaging with local young people and developing a new Youth Plan. It had been some time since we had done any large-scale engagement with young people so it was difficult to know how we’d go. 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. The result was the collection of a rich data source to inform future planning and the development of an actionable Youth Plan, meaningful to our local young people. YACWA’s team was also great to work with throughout. They kept us well informed, were adaptable when circumstances changed and provided great advice when requested. I would highly recommend YACWA’s consultancy service to any organisation seeking assistance to engage with young people and develop youth-focused strategic documents.”Anastasia, Town of Victoria Park

  • “[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.”Amanda, Short Term Accommodation for Youth Geraldton (STAY)

Discount for members

Organisations registered as YACWA Members are entitled to a 10% discount on consulting services. To sign up, head to the YACWA membership portal or contact YACWA’s Member & Community Engagement Manager, Matthew Tomich, at matthew@yacwa.org.au to find out more.

To discuss how we might be able to help with your project, or to get a quote please contact Lianda Gibson at lianda@yacwa.org.au

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!

Mika Bazeley

Mika Bazeley

Mika is purposely driven towards maximising opportunities for young people to have greater choice, participation and self-determination within their own communities. As a young person, she has led a number of key projects specialising in climate activism, mental health and other issues impacting young people. As a facilitator, Mika endeavours to uplift the voices of young people, ensuring that each individual has the capacity to obtain, process and make informed decisions about their own health and have a space where their story is heard and valued. She is passionate about supporting the youth sector to be both inclusive and sensitive in addressing the needs of young people by countering negative stereotypes, fostering positive dialogues and influencing the development of more responsive support systems.