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What We Value

Young people

  • We believe young people have important contributions to make in our community – now and in the future. We value their place in Australian life
  • We recognise that young people are influenced by their environment, which includes their family, peers, educators, youth workers, health professionals and other members of the community
  • We are committed to supporting young people by advocating for their rights.
  • We are committed to helping establish an Australian community that respects and values the rights of young people
  • We believe in the right of young people to be included and to participate in all aspects of community life, and in the value that their participation brings to the broader community
  • We believe in building the capacity of young people, the youth sector and the community to establish powerful and positive approaches to youth engagement.

The youth sector

  • We value the work performed by youth workers, organisations and other professionals who are committed to positive youth development
  • We see enormous potential from working in partnership with other organisations to support and promote positive youth development
  • We are committed to being a strong advocate for appropriate and sufficient resources for the youth sector so that we can meet the needs of young people.

Human rights and social justice

  • We believe all young people have a right to their human rights being upheld – in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - and that inequality is not acceptable in our society
  • We are committed to Australia removing the inequalities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young Australians
  • We believe that every young person in Australia has a right to access adequate and appropriate programs and services regardless of their geographic location, race, gender, sexuality, physical ability or disability, social, religious or economic circumstances.

Inclusion and participation

  • We are committed to helping establish an Australian community that respects and values the rights of young people
  • We believe in the right of young people to be included and to participate in all aspects of community life, and in the value that their participation brings to the broader community
  • We believe in building the capacity of young people, the youth sector and the community to establish powerful and positive approaches to youth engagement.

Integrity and ethical practice

  • We are committed to ethical practice in all we do. We will be a transparent and accountable organisation that actively responds to government, members, stakeholders and young people
  • We will be an independent and vocal advocate for young people and the youth sector
  • We will promote evidence-based practice and work with the sector to build the evidence base, because we believe that there is integrity in responding to evidence about what works.

To read more on how AYAC strives to ensure that that policy and decision-makers heed the experiences and ideas of young people click here.

 

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