Reshape Our Future youth forums are finally happening across Melbourne and regional Victoria in June 2022, presented by YACVic.

Reshape Our Future youth forums are a fun, free and powerful event for young people aged 12-25, to have your say on what matters to you and make new friends who care about the same things as you.

After lockdowns kept us physically apart, it’s so important now more than ever for a space where young people can come together, learn and take action to Reshape Our Future together.

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Dates and Locations

  • Warrnambool: 3 June, Deakin Uni, Brother Fox
  • Melbourne: 10 June, Melbourne Museum
  • Wangaratta: 14 June, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
  • Robinvale: 22 June, Robinvale Leisure Centre
  • Bairnsdale: 24 June, Forge Theatre & Arts Hub

Note: The Reshape Our Future Youth Forum was originally scheduled for May 2021 as an event happening across five different locations at the same time, but due to COVID-19 and feedback from young people, the event was postponed until it could be run in-person at a later date.

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A young person is anyone aged 12 - 25.

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Youth Forum Program

  • Friday 3 June

    Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus - Brother Fox

  • 9:30am

    Arrival/Registration Open

  • 10am: Welcome
    • Welcome to Country

    • Young MCs to set the scene

  • 10:20am - We are the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

    We will hear from amazing young people as to why empowering young people as leaders is so important for their communities and society as a whole.

  • 11:00am - Morning Tea

    Break time + making new friends

  • 11:20am - Where's your head at?: Addressing Mental Health and Stigma

    Mental health conversations often only cover general things, and don’t get deep. Join us for a chat about intersectional experiences, the stigma around mental health and more.

  • 12pm: Lunch/Music Performance

    Lunch, with a live performance!

  • 1:00pm - Pathways to Power

    Young people are underrepresented in all levels of government, with the average age of an MP in Federal Government being 51. Young people are leading the way on social change, whether its calls for action on climate change, mental health, consent and so much more. We will explore how young people's voices and perspectives can be heard, and how we can build your pathways to power.

  • 2:00pm - Close

    Wrap-up and close for the day!

  • Friday 10 June

    Melbourne Museum, Melbourne

  • 9:30am

    Arrival/Registration Open

  • 10:00am: Welcome
    • Welcome to Country

    • Young MCs to set the scene

  • 10:20am: We are the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

    We will hear from amazing young people as to why empowering young people as leaders is so important for their communities and society as a whole.

  • 11:00am - Morning Tea

    Break time + making new friends

  • 11:20am - Ally as a verb: How to Be a Better Ally

    This workshop will explore what true allyship is, why it is important and how we can all be better allies and ensure that we keep allyship at the heart of all our actions. We will explore tangible steps to improve your allyship and ways to harness being an ally to make change and not just noise.

  • 12pm - Lunch/Music Performance

    Lunch, with a live performance!

  • 1:00pm - Pathways to Power

    Young people are underrepresented in all levels of government, with the average age of an MP in Federal Government being 51. Young people are leading the way on social change, whether its calls for action on climate change, mental health, consent and so much more. We will explore how young people's voices and perspectives can be heard, and how we can build your pathways to power.

  • 2:00pm - Close

    Wrap-up and close for the day!

  • Tuesday 14 June

    Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre

  • 9:30am

    Arrival/Registration Open

  • 10am: Welcome
    • Welcome to Country

    • Young MCs to set the scene

  • 10:20am - We are the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

    We will hear from amazing young people in the local area as to why empowering young people as leaders is so important for their communities and society as a whole.

  • 11:00am - Morning Tea

    Break time + making new friends

  • 11:20am - Nothing about us, without us!: Disability Justice and Inclusiveness in Education

    Accessing education as disabled young people can be complicated. Join our amazing guest speakers as they share their experiences, and how the disability justice movement is fighting for inclusiveness.

  • 12pm: Lunch/Music Performance

    Lunch, with a live performance!

  • 1:00pm - Pathways to Power

    Young people are underrepresented in all levels of government, with the average age of an MP in Federal Government being 51. Young people are leading the way on social change, whether its calls for action on climate change, mental health, consent and so much more. We will explore how young people's voices and perspectives can be heard, and how we can build your pathways to power.

  • 2:00pm - Close

    Wrap-up and close for the day!

  • Wednesday 22 June

    Robinvale Leisure Centre, Robinvale

  • 9:30am

    Arrival/Registration Open

  • 10am: Welcome
    • Welcome to Country
    • Young MCs to set the scene
  • 10:20am - We are the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

    We will hear from amazing young people as to why empowering young people as leaders is so important for their communities and society as a whole.

  • 11:00am - Morning Tea

    Break time + making new friends

  • 11:20am - I'm down if you're down…: Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships

    We are giving space for young people to talk about their experiences navigating intersectional sexual health, consent, sex education and relationships.

  • 12pm: Lunch/Music Performance

    Lunch, with a live performance!

  • 1:00pm - Pathways to Power

    Young people are underrepresented in all levels of government, with the average age of an MP in Federal Government being 51. Young people are leading the way on social change, whether its calls for action on climate change, mental health, consent and so much more. We will explore how young people's voices and perspectives can be heard, and how we can build your pathways to power.

  • 2:00pm - Close

    Wrap-up and close for the day!

  • Friday 24 June

    Forge Theatre & Arts Hub, Bairnsdale

  • 9:30am

    Arrival/Registration Open

  • 10am: Welcome
    • Welcome to Country
    • Young MCs to set the scene
  • 10:20am: We are the Leaders of Today and Tomorrow!

    We will hear from amazing young people as to why empowering young people as leaders is so important for their communities and society as a whole.

  • 11:00am - Morning Tea

    Break time + making new friends

  • 11:20am - Work in Progress: Meaningful Work for Young People

    Let’s explore our rights, and what it means to be a young person in the workplace! We will work through things like peer work, lived experience, ensuring our rights as young workers are protected, and creating a safe space to share experiences.

  • 12pm - Lunch/Music Performance

    Lunch, with a live performance!

  • 1:00pm - Pathways to Power

    Young people are underrepresented in all levels of government, with the average age of an MP in Federal Government being 51. Young people are leading the way on social change, whether its calls for action on climate change, mental health, consent and so much more. We will explore how young people's voices and perspectives can be heard, and how we can build your pathways to power.

  • 2:00pm - Close

    Wrap-up and close for the day!

Accessibility

YACVic takes access and inclusion seriously. We are committed to making every event as accessible as possible for all members of our community.

When you book your ticket, there is a list of accessibility needs which you can tick to ensure your needs are met. If you have an accessibility need that isn't listed, you can contact support@yacvic.org.au.

If you have access needs, please let us know by 17 May 2022 to allow us enough time to book in the appropriate supports.

Contact Us

If you need further information, please contact support@yacvic.org.au. Enquiries will be handled by Derm Ryan (he/him) and Jacob Gamble (they/them).

Acknowledgement of Country and Cultural Safety

We are committed to respecting this lore and creating a culturally safe event space.

Reshape Our Future will take place across the lands of the Aboriginal nations within Victoria and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. Bunjil’s lore states that those who walk on this land must care for the Country and waterways as well as for the children and young people. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Commitment to Child Safety

YACVic is a child safe organisation. By attending these events, you agree to join us in our commitment to child safety

Meet Our Sponsors

Reshape Our Future is made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors.

Principal Partner

 Victoria State Government logo bottle green

Regional and Session Partners

Warrnambool City Council            

Youth Partners

GELLEN logo Colour Large         Richmond black

YWA logo

Media Partners

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