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Youth Advisory Group

The Youth Solutions Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a voluntary group of young people aged 17 – 25 years. Each of the members are young people who live, study, work or spend their recreation time in the Macarthur region and are passionate about youth health.

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The Youth Advisory Group meets once a month to help identify issues facing young people and develop solutions and strategies to address these issues.

YAG members are also trained up as Peer Educators to assist Youth Solutions in delivering health promotion education workshops to their peers on line with Youth Solutions’ Peer Enrichment and Empowerment Project (PEEP).

With the support of the Youth Solutions team, the YAG also implement the community health promotion campaign, #whyichoose.

#whyichoose is a social media driven campaign which identifies tobacco smoking as an issue of concern for young people and aims to start a positive conversation about the benefits of not smoking or making safer decisions around smoking, such as cutting down or having a smoke-free home environment.

The YAG is not only incredibly valuable to Youth Solutions, but its members are wonderful representatives of young people in Macarthur.

Join YAG to make a difference!

Are you are young person who is passionate about youth health? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Youth Solutions is looking for young people aged between 17 – 25 years, who live, work, study or spend their recreation time in the Macarthur region to join its YAG!

How to Apply

If you are interested in joining YAG, complete the 2017 YAG Application Form and send your completed form to yag@youthsolutions.com.au.

For more information, contact Youth Solutions’ Program Coordinator, Eden Wheatley, on 02 4628 2319.

Training and Peer Education

All YAG members are inducted and receive training to become peer educators. Accordingly, all applicants need to be available for a one-day training.

The learned peer education skills are then put into practise throughout the year, as YAG members assist Youth Solutions in facilitating workshops with other young people.

The YAG 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.

The YAG meetings also provide an opportunity for further training and education of YAG members,

The YAG also assists Youth Solutions in implementing and promoting a health promotion campaign. The current campaign is the #whyichoose campaign.

Current YAG members:

  • Blaine Horne
  • Ebony Boothe
  • Jessica Brown
  • Joel Escarate Joya
  • Kassee Payne
  • Khalid Almalki
  • Praween Senanayake
  • Rachel Scott
  • Riordan Anderson
  • Samantha McAuley
  • Lauren Payne

The YAG is proudly supported by…

Panarottis YAG

 Panarotti’s Macarthur Square

YAG Achievements

  • 2017: YAG wins Community Group of the Year at the Camden Council Australia Day Awards.
  • 2015: The Youth Solutions YAG / PEEP Project is nominated for the ZEST Awards’ Out of the Box Award.
  • 2014: The YAG / PEEP Project is selected as a finalist for the Champions of the West Young Achiever Category. The YAG is also nominated for a ZEST Award for Outstanding Voluntary Group/Organisation.
  • 2013: The YAG wins the Macarthur Volunteer Award for Innovation in VolunteeringClick here for the story
  • 2012: The YAG is recognised in State Parliament by Bryan Doyle then MP and State Member for Campbelltown, for their commitment to their community. The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth and The Hon Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health support the campaign, Give Us a Hand, which was developed by the YAG.
  • 2011: The Rotary Club of Narellan recognises the YAG at the Pride in Workmanship Awards. The YAG was the first group ever to have all members nominated for individual awards.

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