AYAC has developed a training toolkit to give young people an introduction to strategies to create change, promote their ideas and input into decisions.The Young People Creating Change training toolkit enables young people and those who work with young people to deliver a 2-day training as an introduction for young people to creating change, including background reading, activities and a training schedule. The training program is based on an interactive and experiential approach to learning where young people explore their experience, knowledge and stories.

By the end of the two-day training young people will be able to:

  • Explain what is meant by creating change and outline some practical examples
  • Describe some of the barriers that young people face when sharing their views and creating change, and some possible solutions to this
  • Describe what “policy” and “public policy” are, and briefly outline the policy development process
  • Describe some strategies for creating change and outline some of the “do’s” and ”don’ts”
  • Explain what consultation is, and outline some of the key considerations when consulting with others
  • Explain the role that story telling plays in creating change and influencing decisions
  • Outline some key considerations when using story telling
  • Discuss some tricky questions that young people might face, and how to handle these

In 2014,  AYAC partnered with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Australia to adapt AYAC’s original toolkit (developed in 2013), to ensure that it is inclusive of young people from CaLD backgrounds. This Project was informed by consultations with young people from CaLD backgrounds, those engaged in leadership and advocacy training with young people from CaLD backgrounds, and pilot training.