YAPA strives to achieve social justice for young people, including the appropriate provision of services for young people. The role of YAPA is to:
- Monitor and respond to government policies and proposals affecting young people
- Promote and advocate on issues affecting young people and youth services
- Bring young people and youth workers together to act on issues affecting them
- Work to raise a positive profile of young people in the media and in the community
- Provide training, forums and conferences to young people and youth workers
- Provide information and referral
- Produce a range of resources, publications and newsletters.
What has YAPA achieved? See YAPA Annual Reports.
Events & training
YAPA runs several events each year including:
- YAPA conference for young people: next due in 2010
- YAPA conference for youth workers: late 2009
- Survival training for new youth workers: several times each year.
Policy & campaigns
YAPA develops policy positions and submissions to government on key youth and youthwork issues. YAPA representatives sit on a range of key government and non-government committees, ensuring that young people’s and youth workers’ perspectives are heard.
Newsletters, publications & members
YAPRap monthly newsletter is mailed/ emailed to 500 members and subscribers, with campaigns, innovative youth work, YAPA news and events. Other YAPA publicationsinclude fact sheets on a wide range of youth issues and youth work issues.
YAPA Members are young people (aged 12-25) and youth services and groups. Members receive YAPRap newsletter, get some discounts for training and conferences and elect our Board of Governance.
YAPA Western Sydney
YAPA is funded to run a separate Western Sydney Project. The Regional Youth Development Officer works in the interests of young people and youth services across Western Sydney by:
- working to raise a positive profile of young people in the region and promoting youth issues
- monitoring and responding to government policies and proposals
- providing training on a wide range of issues to young people and youth workers
- developing relevant campaigns and ensure a Western Sydney perspective in YAPA campaigns
- providing phone information, referral and resources
- advocating and lobbying on behalf of young people in decision making process which affect their lives.
The Western Sydney Project covers the 11 local council areas of: Auburn, Bankstown, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta & Penrith .
Youth Participation Grants Project
YAPA’s Youth Participation Grants Project gives young people the power and resources to develop and implement community activities in their local area. A selection panel will award grants to young people who can demonstrate that:
- their project benefits the community in some way
- the idea for the project has come from young people
- the application has been created by young people
- their project will increase community interaction.
Young people aged between 12-25 and living in NSW can apply for a Youth Participation Grant.