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Australian Youth Ambassador Program

 

Applications for the Youth-Ambassadors Program 2020 are open to all members of the community aged between 16 and 25 years who are passionate about youth mental health to join the program. The MHFA is seeking individuals who have experience in either the mental health sector, students’ unions and societies, politics, business or in community services to join the program.

In your role as Youth Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to identify and discuss key issues affecting young people and contribute ideas for youth programs. YAP members may also get to work alongside MHFA staff to plan key events, speak at or attend MHFA functions, seminars and undertake Support Group meetings. Being part of the YAP is a great opportunity for professional development and expanding your networks, while having some fun along the way!

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Youth Ambassador program 2020-MHFA

Aim of the Program:

The Mental Health Foundation Australia is seeking to expand its reach among younger Australians as well as increase awareness of the Foundations’ work in the area of Youth Mental Health among businesses, parliamentarians, government organisations and agencies, universities, TAFE colleges as well as schools and the mental health sector in general.

Alongside the existing role of the prior Youth Advisory Committee in the promotion of events such as the Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference and the Future Leaders Conference, the Foundation would like to see the Youth Ambassadors Program take a more active role in fundraising and networking.

The MHFA would like to see YAP members building useful networks for the MHFA with key players in the area of business, government, education and the general community as well as opening new fundraising opportunities.

The immediate goal for 2020, is to successfully implement our free youth support groups into key universities and TAFE colleges around Victoria. The support of student unions at these universities is paramount to achieving this objective. The Foundation is also seeking the support of these student unions in unlocking university funding for these support groups as well as a broader coordination of university-based support services to coincide with the launch of our Hosey Street, Richmond initiative which will be a Youth Mental Health hub or drop in centre for youth.

Role Description:

We are looking for individuals:

-          Who are dedicated and able to attend monthly meetings as well as carrying on advocacy work on an ongoing basis;

-          Who are highly connected, immersed or have a deep understanding of the world of business and politics and can network effectively to open opportunities to fundraise and hence, attain funding;

-          Who can effectively market the work of the YAP on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn;

-          Who can assist in getting the MHFA in direct contact with decision makers at a University level;

-          Who will embody our passion and dedication for better youth mental health and who will help emphasise the prestige and honour that is associated with being a member of the YAP.

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