If you’re under 30 and interested in the big issues affecting Australia’s future then YoungA21 is for you.
Watch our short video to find out more:
- give young people (under 30) a voice on issues that are important to their future
- strengthen Australia21’s connection to the future by involving young people in determining, commenting on and participating in Australia21 projects wherever possible
- provide opportunities for two way mentoring between young people and experienced Australia21 directors and staff
- encourage and support young people to take on projects which will contribute to addressing the challenges facing Australia in their future.
The YoungA21 committee meets by teleconference each month to discuss projects, issues and opportunities for young people. YoungA21 is led by two Honorary Youth Advisers, Rebecca Bunn (Committee Chair) and Andy Barley, and supported by Australia21 Board members, Deb Lavis and Geoff Gorrie.
Want to join? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a short description of your background and interests.
Honorary Youth Advisers
Andy is the Founder and Director of SciGround, which is developing playgrounds designed to excite young Australians about science. The venture was selected for PwC’s 21st Century Minds accelerator program as one of the top STEM education initiatives. Since 2016 he has also been an Associate of YLab, the Youth Futures Lab, an engagement consultancy that puts young people at the centre to find solutions to big challenges across diverse areas including education, cities, employment, democratic participation and digital innovation. He has worked as a Science Communicator with ANSTO, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, and as a Science Circus Presenter with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre. He holds a a Masters of Science Communication Outreach from the Australian National University, as well as Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Adelaide.
“I am involved in YoungA21 because I believe in the ability of young voices to shape the future of Australia and the world. Too often, young people are seen as a ‘problem to be solved’. But our generation is more creative, connected and compassionate than any before it. Young people are the ones who will live in the future, so it is vital we play a central role in creating what it looks like. YoungA21 is currently refreshing how we work to connect more passionate young people to each other and into important conversations about our future.”
Emmi is a registered psychologist with both research and clinical skills, including experience within higher education, private practice and government departments. She is currently Senior Youth Justice Psychologist with the SA Department for Communities & Social Inclusion. She was previously a Senior Psychologist with the Sentence Management Unit of the SA Department for Correctional Services. She has also worked as a child autism therapist. Emmi became a Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Clinical) in 2016, after studying at the University of Adelaide. She also coaches netball.
“I came across the work of Australia21 through my own PhD research, which focused on youth mental health promotion and the importance of developing a better understanding of youth perspectives of mental illness and mental health programs. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders, and the current generation of young people are the largest in global history. In a rapidly evolving world that creates new and unprecedented challenges to improving wellbeing, it is now more important than ever to hear what young people, coupled with the support and experience of our elders, have to offer in finding fresh solutions to important problems. What appeals to me most about Australia21 is the emphasis on evidence-based policy, and how the organisation is structured to engage and empower young people to have a voice about important and complex issues that will affect Australia’s future.”
Australia21 welcomes the vitality and experience of young people to our organisation.
We recognise that collaboration between seasoned experience and the fresh vision of youth is critical to Australia’s future.
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