It is with great pride and pleasure that I am reporting on the achievements of the YWA in the past year. I would like to thank all our dedicated subscribers for your continued support and commitment to professional youth work. Without your vision and commitment to the Youth Workers Association, our achievements this year would not have been possible.
The Youth Workers Association has continued to grow and build on the past achievements of previous boards and past members. I acknowledge their hard work and commitment to professional practice that has led to the success we celebrate today.
Some of our achievements since our last AGM include:
Moving to a financial model of membership. This has meant that we have been able to employ a casual Admin person. Having an admin person has meant that the Association can respond in a timely manner to questions, membership applications and undertake projects.
Continued growth in individual and organisational memberships.
Held two YWA planning days,
Worked to an interim 2016 strategic plan based on the objectives of the 2013-2015 YWA Plan.
Developed a visionary 2016 – 2018 Strategic Plan.
Worked closely with VU to deliver the Youth Work & non-formal education conference on the 19th and 20th July 2016.
Participated on the AYAC Board and supported the Youth on the Agenda campaign to advocate for a National Minister for Youth and funded Youth Peak Body.
Provided Professional Development for Youth Workers
Maintained regular communication with our membership through the Website, social media, emails and created a new newsletter.
Developed and created a new logo and Website.
Promotion of the YWA – speaking to potential new members.
Provided members with the opportunity to be more involved in YWA projects.
Contributed to Victorian Youth Policy development.
Participating in international networks, such as the Commonwealth Youth Programme.
Disseminated information about overseas Youth Work practices, policies and research to YWA members
Participated on the committee of the newly formed Commonwealth Alliance of Professional Youth Work Associations.
Provided feedback to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse from a professional Youth Work perspective.
Provided discounts and reduced PD to our membership.
These points do not include all of our achievements but they do reflect how our voluntary board members are achieving tasks in each of the strategic areas of our plan.
We are so excited to be launching our new strategic plan and working with our membership closely to promote and represent the needs of our valuable profession.
Our plans include:
Consulting with our members
Giving ‘voice’ to youth workers
Launching and working to achieve the vision of our strategic plan.
Celebrating International Youth Work Week 6-13 November 2017
Ongoing advocacy for professional youth work
Continued development of the Youth Workers Association.
So it’s all up and up from here. The work that professional youth workers do in Victoria is amazing and positively transforms young lives and communities. Our profession is unique and the set of skills used in this practice makes a positive difference. The Youth Work Association board adamantly believe that this set of skills is worth protecting. Our sector continues to face challenges but (like young people we work with) we are a resilient sector. So we will continue to work hard and look forward to working with you in 2017 and well beyond.
The YWA Vision
November 26, 2016
UPDATED POST YWA Annual General Meeting Wednesday 12th June 2019