Youth Empowerment

We care about young people and helping them lead active and fulfilled roles within our community. We believe that young people are unique and diverse, and we seek to support and empower them.

To us, an empowered young person feels in control of their life. They are confident in their ability to contribute to the world around them. They overcome challenges and realise their potential.

We want to see young people empowered across the world. And we are fortunate enough to work alongside a global movement of YMCAs to help provide opportunities for more young people to grow in confidence, resilience and be inspired to create social change.


Youth Advisory Committee - YAC

YAC is an energetic group of young people, who want to make change in their community, want to work with other young people to make a difference to the lives of their peers living in the ACT.

We will be working with the CEO and the Board of YMCA Canberra to develop and implement programs that will seek to empower, enable, support, grow and develop children and young people.

To be part of YAC you should be:

• Between the ages of 16-25

Living in Canberra (ideally for the next 12 months)

Enjoy teamwork and embrace diversity of experience and opinion

Willing to make at least a year long commitment, and a commitment to attend 2 hour meetings every 2 months with time to commit to projects in between (Approx 1-4 hours each week)

We are a looking for passionate people, and not necessarily those with a lot of experience, just those with a lot of ideas, who are willing to make a commitment.

What’s in it for me?

This role is volunteer based and there will be many opportunities to participate in other YMCA initiatives and programs. You will be part of a group of motivated and passionate young people, with the backing of a globally recognised organisation. You will be a part of team, with the resources to make long lasting change to young people in Canberra.

If you have any questions, please email them to


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