Back to all News Young people given chance to make a difference Posted on 18th May 2015 Youth Solutions recruits for 2015 – 2016 Youth Advisory Group Young people who are passionate about youth health and are keen to make a difference are being encouraged to apply for a position on Youth Solutions’ 2015 – 2016 Youth Advisory Group (YAG). Applications for the YAG will close on 31 May. Following the application close date, applicants will be contacted for interviews, which will take place in June. Young people aged 17 – 25 years, who are living, working, studying or recreating in the Macarthur region are eligible to apply. Youth Solutions Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Dean said the YAG fostered personal skill growth and provided great opportunities for young people to get involved in their local community. “The YAG and its members are an incredibly valuable asset to Youth Solutions,” Mrs Dean said. YAG members run an activity at a UWS Mental Health Month initiative. “Youth Solutions liaises with the YAG to ensure our projects are positively and appropriately geared towards the young people in our community. With the guidance of Youth Solutions team members, the YAG run their own community health promotion campaign and are also involved in spreading Youth Solutions’ messages about making safer choices around drugs and alcohol with their peers.” “Being a YAG member is a fantastic experience and I encourage the young people in our community to apply.” In recent years the Youth Solutions YAG has experienced great success, demonstrated through a myriad of award nominations. In 2011 the Rotary Club of Narellan recognised the YAG at the Pride in Workmanship Awards. The YAG was the first group ever to have all members nominated for individual awards. Then in 2013 the Youth Advisory Group took out the Macarthur Volunteer Award for ‘Innovation in Volunteering’. In 2014 the Youth Solutions YAG Peer Enrichment and Empowerment Project (PEEP) was selected as a finalist for the Champions of the West ‘Young Achiever Category’. The YAG were also nominated for a ZEST Award for ‘Outstanding Voluntary Group/Organisation’ in the same year. This year, the Youth Solutions YAG PEEP Project received praise as a nominee in the ZEST Awards ‘Out of the Box Award’. Former Youth Solutions YAG member Lana found praised her experience as part of the volunteer group. “Youth Solutions and the YAG actually make a difference, reaching young people directly. Through YAG I have been able to volunteer at different events and for me that’s the whole point. I feel I need to give back and … help spread Youth Solutions’ messages. I have really enjoyed getting to know different people in the YAG, who are from different age groups and backgrounds. It’s nice to mix with people I might not otherwise have crossed paths with.” The 2014 – 2015 YAG. All successful YAG applicants will be inducted and will receive training to become peer educators. Accordingly, all applicants need to be available for a one day training. These peer education skills are then put into practise throughout the year, when YAG members assist Youth Solutions in facilitating workshops with other young people. The YAG also meet once a month to help identify issues young people face and, with support from Youth Solutions’ staff, develop solutions and strategies to address these issues. To apply, visit www.youthsolutions.com.au/join-yag/ and download the application form. Completed application forms can be returned to email@example.com before the application close date on 31 May. Alternatively, young people can call Karen on 4628 2319 to have a form emailed or posted to them.