Youth Advisory Council

What is the Girl Guides WA Youth Advisory Council?

The Youth Advisory Council is an exciting opportunity for Guides aged 14 to 17 years to represent their peers, and have their say about the future of Guides at a State level. The council gives girls the opportunity to develop their advocacy skills in a fun and friendly environment, help with ideas and plan events, and contribute to the decision-making process in Guiding.

By being part of the council, girls:

  • Are empowered to speak out, and make a difference for Guides;
  • Are supported to become responsible, confident advocates; and
  • Can make sure Girl Guides WA is girl-led.

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of 16 Guides aged 14–17 years old, and 4 Youth Advisory Council Mentors:

  • State Youth Program Manager
  • State Youth Program Committee Representative
  • State Olave Program Representative
  • State Team Representative

What does the Girl Guides WA Youth Advisory Council do?

The Youth Advisory Council will report to the Youth Program Manager, and will operate in two ways:

  1. As an advisory council, members will consider questions and ideas put to them by the State Program Committee (and other relevant and appropriate personnel). The council will provide girls’ input and feedback, as required, to inform and direct solutions.
  2. As a representative group, the Youth Advisory Council will consider their own, and their peers’ ideas and experiences to make recommendations to the State Program Committee and other relevant personnel about current and future Guiding. This may include consulting with peers and helping to plan events.

The Youth Advisory Council members may be encouraged to take on particular roles such as Chairperson, Secretary, Social Media, and Events.

What is the time commitment?

  • The Youth Advisory Council is a 12-month commitment. Each representative will sit on the Panel from January to December in a calendar year.
  • There will be a maximum of six meetings each year. These may be face to face or via teleconference / Skype. The full details will be advised to successful applicants. 
  • Representatives will also be encouraged to commit to different roles on the Panel, such as Chairperson, Secretary, Social Media, and Events. These roles require a level of responsibility and commitment.

What are we looking for?

Applicants must be a Youth Member of Girl Guides WA, aged 14–17 years old. The Youth Advisory Council is a 12-month commitment from January to December. Guides must be at least 14 years old by January 1 of their appointment year. If a member turns 18 years old during her appointment year, she will continue to participate until the end of the calendar year.

Youth Advisory Council applicants should:

  • Be passionate about Guiding;
  • Be committed to their personal learning and leadership development;
  • Be willing to learn new skills, and use these skills to benefit their Guiding community;
  • Be willing to engage with others and represent their views;
  • Be willing to take initiative and work with others; 
  • Live by the spirit of the Promise and Law.

Interested?

Contact youth@girlguideswa.org.au to apply to join the Youth Advisory Council.
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Leader Support Form as Word Doc
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YAC Application Form as PDF
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