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Youth Workers Unite

Youth Workers Unite is YACWA's COVID-19 resilience and recovery series. Through fortnightly webinars, we empower the youth sector with professional development, advocacy, training and collective problem solving.

Youth Workers Unite brings together professional speakers, government, sector leaders and front-line youth workers into an interactive webinar format for the latest information, innovations and adaptations relevant to the youth sector.

With a focus on COVID-19 response and future-proofing the youth sector, Youth Workers Unite! is now in its professional development phase, delivering skill-building, educational webinars to equip youth workers to best support young people as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

Past Sessions:

Youth Workers Unite #12: Youth Recovery Framework
Wednesday, 16 September, 9.30am-11:00am
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This session unpacks YACWA’s recently launched COVID-19 Recovery Framework for Youth, including the experiences of young people this drew on and its recommendations for a pathway forward that addresses new and pre-existing hurt in our community.

Youth Workers Unite #11: Aboriginal Young People and Wellbeing – Wednesday 26 August
with Shaun Nannup (Wisdom in Your Life)
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Youth Workers Unite #10: Racism & Advocacy in Youth Work – Thursday 13 August
with Imara Mandred, Zahra Al Hilaly and Sara Terry

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In this storytelling session, three young Australians from myriad backgrounds explore their experiences of racism through the lens of migrant, refugee and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and how youth workers can support their clients experiencing discrimination.

Youth Workers Unite #9: COVID-19, Accessibility and Digital Youth Work – Wednesday 29 July
with Rebecca Harvey & Madison Heady (Youth Disability Advocacy Network), Zach Gibson (Youth Work WA) James Harris (YouthWork.io)
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In this joint webinar, young advocates from the YDAN explore the experience of young people with disability during COVID-19, and how youth services can make enhance the services they offer their clients living with disability. We also get a crash course in digital youth work from remote WA youth worker James Harris of YouthWork.io, with an introduction and facilitated discussion from Youth Work WA’s Zach Gibson.

Youth Workers Unite #8: Financial Assistance for Young People Post-COVID 19 – Wednesday 1 July
with Amanda Ghouse (Midlas)
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In this free webinar, financial counsellor Amanda Ghouse from Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service (Midlas) explores the various financial impacts COVID-19 and changes to the welfare system on young people in Western Australia, providing youth workers with tangible ideas and tools to support young people to secure and maintain financial stability.

Youth Workers Unite #7: Supporting LGBTIQ+ Young People – Wednesday 17 June
with Bella Broadway (Connection and Wellbeing Australia
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In this free webinar, educator Bella Broadway from Connection and Wellbeing Australia (CAWA) will explores the specific challenges and impacts faced by LGBTQAI+ young people through COVID-19, equipping youth workers with the preventative and postventative tools to provide support and respond to their needs.

Youth Workers Unite #6 – Wednesday 3 June
Metro Services Meeting
with Paul Abbott (Mentoring2Work) & Charlotte Glance (YACWA)
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Regional Services Meeting
with Paul Abbott (Mentoring2Work) & Charlotte Glance (YACWA)
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Youth Workers Unite #5 – Wednesday 20 May

Metro Services Meeting
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Regional Services Meeting
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Youth Workers Unite #4 – Wednesday 6 May

Metro Services Meeting
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Regional Services Meeting
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Youth Workers Unite #3 – Wednesday 22 April

Metro Services Meeting
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Regional Services Meeting
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Youth Workers Unite #2 – Wednesday 8 April

Metro Services Meeting
Minutes forthcoming

Regional Services Meeting
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Youth Workers Unite #1 – Wednesday 25 March

Crisis & Accommodation Services Meeting
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Generalist Youth Services Meeting
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Regional and Remote Services Meeting
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The Youth Workers Unite has been made possible through the support of the Department of Finance and Lotterywest.

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