There is a tonne of things on at the moment, and two are absolutely key in guiding us into the future. One being our Youth Survey (for all staff 30 and under) – link - and our Employee and Volunteer Survey – link. Can I please request that you take a few moments to complete these as your voice truly counts. The results from these surveys will pave the way forward and without it, plans will be hollow.
Last week I was fortunate enough to be in attendance at both the National Youth Retreat (where we had four young people represent us brilliantly from Y Whittlesea – Allie, Steph, Andrew & Phoebe) and the Y Australia AGM. Melinda Crole summed it up beautifully in her recent article and I wish to share that with you all….
Last weekend over 150 YMCA leaders came together to shape the future of this iconic Movement. Together the leaders decided it was the right time for change at our AGM. It is time for all “the Ys” across Australia to align to a common brand and make clear that we stand with, and for, all young people and ensure a vibrant and capable organisation fit for the future. Thank you to all who contributed to this work. It was a monumental effort of many people. See media release here.
Young people from across the country also came together to workshop how the Y in Australia can move forward and be more impactful than ever before. Four prevailing messages rose from their diverse service areas, backgrounds and geographical locations.
1. We have a true yearning for understanding, to better understand the strategic decisions that have been made and led us to where we are today. We need a resourced, multi-channelled communication platform to reach one another at a local, national and global level.
2. We must stop just consulting with young people and invest in collaboration. We need more intergenerational opportunities to connect.
3. Inclusion is complex and fundamental to valuing young people and our overall wellbeing. It must be purposefully embedded in our strategy, policies and practice.
4. If we value something – then we must be intentional and fund it. See details here.
It was a momentous occasion and one I feel humbled for being a part of. Now the work begins, we will be scheduling meetings to discuss the outcomes with a number of the team and I will be visiting each of the sites to catch up with each of you shortly.
Please keep an eye out for when I will be visiting as I would love to have a chat.
Chief Executive (Experience) Officer