Sunday, February 26, 2017


The Youth Coalition is the peak youth affairs body in the Australian Capital Territory and is responsible for representing the interests of people aged between 12 and 25 years of age, and those who work with them.

National Youth Week 2017

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31 March - 9 April 2017

National Youth Week is a celebration of young people (aged 12 - 25), and acknowledges the achievements, vitality and strength of young people, and their positive contribution to our community.

There are many ways you can get involved in National Youth Week in the ACT:

Participate in the National Youth Week Festival and After Party

Friday 31 March
10am - 3:30pm at Harrison School
4pm - 8pm at Club 12/25, Civic

National Youth Week celebrations will kick off with a day event hosted by Harrison school. The event will run from 10am - 3:30pm, with live music, performances, and free food. Youth services, community organisations, sporting and recreation groups, and government departments are invited to hold a stall or run an event throughout the day.

The festival will be followed by an after party at Club 12/25, Civic Youth Centre, which will include live music, skate competition, basketball competition, free food, and other activities.

Schools and youth services are invited to bring along groups of young people to perform, participate in activities, or hold a stall showcasing the great things they are involved in.

Click here if you would like to have a stall or run and activity at the festival (Harrison School)

Click here if you are bringing a group of young people to the festival and/or after party
(schools, community organisations, any other groups)

Click here if you would like to volunteer at the festival or after party

Woden Youth Centre are coordinating the performers for the festival and after party. If you would like to perform, please contact Jannah Fahiz (Woden Youth Centre Band Coordinator / Between the Lines Events) on 0449 583 508 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Run your own event during National Youth Week

Click here to register your event so we can promote it in the official National Youth Week calendar

Click here to apply for a seeding grant of up to $500 to help make your event even better.
Applications close 9am Monday 6 March

Nominate a young person for the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards

Click here to find out more. Nominations close Wednesday 1 March.

For more information, please contact the National Youth Week Coordinators, Steph Gorman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Taylor Kenny This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 02 6247 3540.


2016 Yogie Awards

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The Yogie Awards recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. These awards highlight the exceptional commitment, talent and innovation that exists in the youth sector.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of this years awards.

Click here to find out who the winners are or download the award winners booklet.

Click here to view the facebook photo album from the award ceremony.

Youth Worker Practice Network

The Youth Coalition is committed to supporting the development and practice of youth workers across the ACT. We've launched the Youth Worker Practice Network to offer a range of professional development opportunities such as active learning and shared case studies sessions, with the aim of facilitating the development of a community of practice for frontline workers supporting young people. For further information, click here.

Rate Canberra 2016

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Click here to download the
Rate Canberra 2016 Report

The Youth Coalition of the ACT conducted a survey of over 2000 young people aged 12 - 25 in the ACT & surrounding region. This report is the initial findings of the survey, and provides an important snapshot of the experiences, concerns, and priorities of young Canberrans.

Youth Coalition submission to the ACT Budget 2017-18

The Youth Coalition has provided input to the ACT Government's 2017-18 Budget Consultation process.

The submission calls for a focus on social inclusion and equity, and a long term, big picture vision for the 2017-18 Budget, underpinned by the social determinants of health and investment in early intervention and prevention.

The Youth Coalition made recommendations across a range of priority areas, including education; mental health; jobs creation and employment; housing and homelessness; services for children, young people and their families; transport; and, youth participation.

Click here to read the submission.

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We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and continuing custodians of the lands of the ACT and we pay our respects to the Elders, their families and ancestors.

We acknowledge that the effects of the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families as well as past racist policies and actions continues today.

We acknowledge that Indigenous people hold distinctive rights as the original peoples of modern day Australia, including the right to a distinct status and culture, self-determination and land.

We celebrate Ngunnawal culture and the invaluable contribution to the community.