Current opportunities

YACVic is committed to youth participation and an enhanced model of youth engagement for our organisation. Our model aims to engage a wider range of young people in a broader scope of activities both within and outside our organisation.

Mental health advocate: VicHealth roundtable and panel

  • Reimbursed for time spent on the panel
  • Approximately 6 hours, between 13 October and 23 November

Have your say on young people’s voting rights and involvement in elections

  • Reimbursed for time spent on this work, plus travel costs
  • Adhoc meetings and time required to write your response

Victorian Youth Congress – YACVic representative

  • Unpaid, volunteer opportunity
  • 6 meetings over 12 months, starting November 2017

Artist call out to illustrate new Koorie Youth Council report into youth justice

  • Work with KYC to illustrate a story-based report
  • Remuneration to be negotiated, starting end of November 2017

Two positions for young people available on the YACVic board

  • Nominate to become a YACVic Board of Governance young board member
  • Gain governance and financial management experience 

What is the youth participation model?

YACVic’s youth participation model responds to feedback from young people about wanting to get involved in our organisation and other opportunities we offer.  Now, instead of having a single opportunity to engage with young people – through our Youth Reference Group (YRG) – we look for, and offer, opportunities across our organisation (and from outside) to work with and alongside young people.

Why?

  • Young people are experts in their own lives and experiences
  • Young people’s participation in civic and community life is a human right
  • The voices of young people need amplification and connection to policy makers

How?

Now, whatever the opportunity is, we put the call out by email and our website to all our young members (there are over 120 of you). You’ll receive an info sheet with the opportunity, time commitment, skills required, support you’ll get from us and what we need from you in return. If you’re interested, fill in a short form and email it back to us. Whatever the outcome, you’ll hear back from us in a specified timeframe.

What is an ‘opportunity’?

Good question! So far we’ve offered things like two volunteers to attend a full-day consultation with Melbourne Museum on their new 'Human Body' exhibit; three volunteers to attend a regular reference group meeting on the implementation of the government’s family violence reforms; an opportunity to be a paid facilitator at the Victorian Government’s Youth Summit; a paid graphic design project to re-brand YDAS; and a paid internship to assist our social media activity. In the future we’ll be looking for four or five young people we can train in some basic human resources processes so that we can have a pool of young people to help us on our recruitment panels.

Who makes the decision and how?

YACVic staff make the decision on who’s best to take up the opportunity. But each decision is different: if it’s a big opportunity or a paid gig, then we may involve a small group of young people to help us make the choice. We will keep a record of who’s had what opportunity in the past to ensure we’re getting a good spread of young people involved. (But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put your hand up for more than one thing).

Who oversees the work?

Everyone at YACVic has a stake in this model. The board receive updates on it at every board meeting and the CEO is very engaged in its implementation. Now, all of the team are thinking about ways to engage young people in their work. On a day-to-day basis, YACVic’s participation and development officer, Sam Champion, is managing this work. Sam is ably assisted by the Participation Review Implementation and Monitoring Group, which is a big name for a group of (mainly) young people who guide and steer our work on this model.

Want to know more?

Contact Sam at pdc@yacvic.org.au. We’re also keen to hear from you if you’ve got an idea for the name of our model!