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Youth Solutions YAG pick up Australia Day Award

Posted on 31st Jan 2017

Youth Advisory Group wins Camden Australia Day Award for Community Group of the Year

Youth Solutions’ volunteer Youth Advisory Group (YAG) has picked up the 2017 Camden Australia Day Award for Community Group of the Year.

The passionate group of young people, which plays an integral role in Youth Solutions’ drug and alcohol prevention and health promotion programs, accepted the accolade at the Camden Council Australia Day Civic Awards ceremony last week.

Youth Solutions Youth Development Coordinator, Karen Yuen, who oversees the YAG program, said she was proud of the YAG’s great work over the past year, which helped to secure them the prestigious accolade.

“We are very excited and proud of the YAG for winning the Community Group of the Year honour,” Ms Yuen said. “In the past six months alone, our seven YAG members have contributed over 160 volunteer hours to help Youth Solutions to make an outstanding contribution to the community.”

The Youth Solutions YAG comprises of young people aged 17 – 25 years who live, work, study or recreate in Macarthur and are passionate about improving the lives and health of their peers.

The YAG members meet monthly to address issues facing the region’s young people, plan local projects, campaigns and engagement activities and to provide a consultative role for Youth Solutions. The YAG have also received training to become peer educators, assisting Youth Solutions to deliver programs for young people to prevent drug and alcohol harm and encourage healthy behaviours.

Activities the YAG has been involved in during the past year include:

  • Delivering peer-led workshops with young people around topics including safer partying practices, mental health, cyber safety, handling an emergency situation, accessing help and support and supporting a friend
  • Delivering road-safety peer-led workshops in line with the Drive 2 Stay Alive and U Turn the Wheel projects
  • Leading the local #whyichoose campaign, which focuses on educating young people about the harms of tobacco smoking and the methods and supports for cessation, with a focus on youth-led conversation on the issue
  • Running interactive and educational community stalls
  • Assisting with research for Youth Solutions’ AOD Link program, which provides face-to-face training to community sector workers

“The YAG has made an outstanding contribution to our community and we are very grateful that they have been recognised with this important award,” Youth Solutions Chief Executive Officer Geraldine Dean said.

“I would like to congratulate the YAG on this fantastic accolade and thank them for their hard work, dedication and leadership. Our YAG members are great role models for other young people in the community.”

For more information about YAG: http://youthsolutions.com.au/young-people/youth-advisory-group/.

For information about joining YAG: http://youthsolutions.com.au/get-involved/join-yag/.

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