AYAC ready to work with Federal Government to highlight youth recovery from COVID-19
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The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is excited to work with the Federal Government and the youth advocacy network on the National Youth Policy Project.
“COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted young people, so it is critical to elevate young people’s views and interest in the recovery from COVID-19 and to build a strong economic and social future,” says James McDougall, co-chair of AYAC.
“This funding also recognises AYAC’s important role as the national peak body for young people.”
The $150,000 of funding until 30 June 2021 will boost AYAC’s efforts to support young people from all walks of life to participate in the National Youth Policy Project.
“Young people are experts in their own lives and should be empowered to lead these discussions, with governments listening and taking action to ensure a national youth policy is developed by young people for young people,” says Caitlin Figueiredo, deputy chair of AYAC and youth advocate.
The National Youth Policy Project will also include and empower young people whose voices often aren’t heard.
“A national youth policy for young people could be a silver lining from COVID-19 which could create jobs for young people and secure their futures.”
About AYAC: The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) is the national peak body for young people and the youth sector. Formed in 2002, AYAC conducts a range of activities including research and policy development, youth sector development and youth engagement. AYAC has not had any funding since 2013.