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Youth Activating Youth Newsletter | October, November, December 2019

Happy Holidays!

Youth Activating Youth would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break. May the next few weeks be filled with enjoyment, relaxation, family and friends. All the best from our team.
Welcome to YAY! 

We are excited to introduce Julia Baron (pictured below) as our Program Manager and the newest member of the YAY team! Julia is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy and has worked in the youth not-for-profit space for the last several years. Julia will be working across our program portfolio and will focus on improving program models and designs. 
The Girls Leadership Program (GLP)
GLP Coordinator Nuha, alongside program participants and Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC (pictured centre)
GLP Coordinator Nuha, alongside program participants and Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC (pictured centre) at the Social Harmony Breakfast 

Summer Camp 

16 young women and girls from the GLP headed to Sorrento in mid-December for the program’s annual Summer camp. Activities during the camp included leadership workshops, swimming, cooking and soaking up the sites of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. The group thoroughly enjoyed their time away and look forward to resuming weekly program activities back in Melbourne. 

GLP Out and About

YAY’s GLP Coordinator Nuha and Program participants attended a Social Harmony Breakfast hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC (pictured above), Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC. The Social Harmony Breakfast unites young people from various backgrounds, cultures and organisations who are contributing to creating a more harmonious and socially cohesive Victoria. 

In early December, GLP participants also met with Councillor Beverley Pinder who kindly showed the group around the Melbourne Town Hall. The group toured the building and gained some insights into Cr. Pinder’s work through a Q&A session.

The Hon. Ben Carroll MP (pictured above) announcing State funding for the African Justice and Community Engagement Pilot during the YAY End of Year Luncheon.

Funding Announcement 

Recently, Youth Activating Youth has partnered with the Jesuit Social Services and State Government to deliver ‘The African Justice and Community Engagement Pilot’ program. The Pilot program will diversify our justice portfolio, complementing our existing Change program, allowing us to not only continue our work with youth already in contact with the justice system, but to also increase our reach into communities and engage young people at risk of offending. 

Thanks to a $165,000 investment from the Andrews Labor Government, this program will help build stronger, safer and more resilient communities. Through the Victorian Government fostering such collaborations, the voices and concerns of young people will be ensured to be included in policy-making decisions. 

Guests pictured above at the End of Year Luncheon. 


YAY 2019 End of Year Luncheon

Our End of Year Luncheon brought YAY Board members, distinguished guests, State and Federal MPs, partners and young people together, as we celebrated the hard work that made 2019 a year of successes. Guests dined together and enjoyed listening to a range of speakers, from our Patron Harold Mitchell AC and Lisa Thurin of Gandel Philanthropy, to our youth panel, who shared their experiences as program participants. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has impacted the organisation this year and we would like to extend a special thank you to our speakers, dignitaries and guests for attending and showing their support on the day. 

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October, November, December 2019 Newsletter 


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