AYAC Funding Not Extended – Help us sustain our future

The Australian Government has confirmed that AYAC’s funding will not continue after 1 July 2014. In spite of this, AYAC remains committed to serving the youth affairs field by providing an independent national voice and strengthening the youth sector.

However, we need your help to kickstart our new model and achieve future sustainability. Head to www.chuffed.org/project/support-ayacs-future to show your support!

AYAC brings together perspectives from across the breadth of young people and the sector that supports them and translates their views into submissions, advice and advocacy to inform federal policies and programmes, making them more efficient and effective. As the national peak body, we strengthen the youth sector, supporting it to make a positive difference in the lives of young people.

Now, more than ever, we need a strong voice for young Australians and the sector that supports them – with significant reductions in funding for youth programs such as Youth Connections and increases in welfare restrictions for young people up to 30 years, including a 6 months without any benefits before they are eligible for Work for the Dole.

AYAC is developing a new organisational model to continue of this work independently of government funding, with members carrying out and hosting national activities on behalf of AYAC. It’s a very low cost model, but we will need something in the bank to make it all work.

If just 300 individuals contribute $10 seed funding, this could fund a part time National Coordinator for two months and get the new model up and running. A single $25 donation will fund the AYAC website for a month. Please play your part in making sure that young people and the sector that supports them has a national voice!

To contribute right now and help kickstart AYAC’s new model, go to www.chuffed.org/project/support-ayacs-future

The transition to the new model has already required hard decisions and hard work from the AYAC staff and Board – we are immensely proud of and grateful for all the commitment shown across our team.

The AYAC office will close at the end of June and staff will gradually move on during this period. Our Executive Director, Gabi Rosenstreich, finished at the end of April. In her short time at AYAC, Gabi has sharpened our focus and enabled us to make the necessary, but hard, strategic and operational decisions to lay the foundations for us to move into the future with confidence. We thank her for all her hard work and achievements!

A project manager will be appointed to work with the Board on finalising the transition process and delivering our existing commitments before the office winds up.

AYAC’s foundation has always been its members and your involvement is more important than ever. AYAC will continue to provide a national framework for making a difference for young people and the sector that supports them, but with fewer resources it will be up to the membership to make good use of these opportunities and ensure we maximise the new model. To do this, you can:

  • Help us get the message out there that AYAC’s national coordination and representation role is vital and will continue – use your networks, talk about us when engaging with government and other key stakeholders and help ensure that our voice remains strong and listened to!
  • Actively contribute to our work once the new structures are in place later in the year
  • Come along to events, such as our national conference, and participate in our consultations
  • Help kick start AYAC’s new model with a small (or large) financial contribution: www.chuffed.org/project/support-ayacs-future