Setting up our very own Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in the middle of 2020 is something we are extremely proud of. Raise’s YAC is made up of nine young Australians aged 18-25 years who are passionate about the wellbeing of...
Setting up our very own Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in the middle of 2020 is something we are extremely proud of.
Raise’s YAC is made up of nine young Australians aged 18-25 years who are passionate about the wellbeing of young people, eager to share their ideas and experiences as a young person and are aspiring agents of change in the youth sector.
Our inspiring nine
Led by our Youth Engagement Manager, Alana Faust, this group consists of nine incredible individuals, each of whom bring a wealth of experience and dedication to the youth mental health and wellbeing space. Our YAC members for 2020-2021 are: Angelica Ojinnaka, Cassandra Bentley, Ciaran Foster, Layla Eather, Leonie Nahhas, Lisa Lewis, Gabi Stricker-Phelps, Teyarnea Griffis and Vince Chen.
The projects they are currently working on include Raise’s diversity and inclusion agenda, improving our mentee onboarding and orientation process, development of a grassroots fundraising campaign and implementation of youth-led research and evaluation of our programs.
In addition to these projects, the team have also completed and provided feedback on our Raise Mentor Training, shared their experiences of COVID-19 on our socials, assisted in grant writing, written letters to their own mentors as part of our Letters to My Mentor campaign, delivered youth-led focus groups with our mentees and assisted with mentor recruitment for our 2021 programs.
As Raise matures into a major charity in the youth wellbeing space, the YAC will ensure we are in touch and on track with the young people who are at the core of everything we do.
The primary role of the YAC is to collaborate with Raise, channelling the voice of young people in the development of our best practice mentoring programs.