The Department of Communities is responsible for the oversight of Youth Week WA. To recognise and celebrate young people aged 10-25 years we:
- partner with Propel Youth Arts to hold the annual KickstART Festival
- ensure that young people are central to the week’s planning and development of events through a Young People’s Planning Committee
- deliver an annual grants program for Youth Week WA projects and activities
- appoint two Youth Week WA Ambassadors to represent young people across the State.
The theme for 2023 is ‘Becoming: with others we dream’. It was developed from discussions the Young People’s Planning Committee who are very passionate about the idea of personal flourishing both individually and with our community.
The focus is on how young people can dream themselves a better world (no matter how big or small), and then use their skills, love, care, and knowledge to bring others up with them to help realise it. Actions and achievements of the individual are nothing without the context of their community. To become in the world, you have to dream with others.
Youth Week WA Ambassadors
Each year, two WA Ambassadors are selected to be the ‘voice of young people’ during YWWA. They participate in the committee that plans a range of YWWA activities, facilitated by Propel Youth Arts. They also develop strategies to get more young people involved in YWWA.
The WA Ambassadors are volunteers who:
- provide support and guidance to Committee members
- promote, support and help to develop creative ideas to get more young people involved in YWWA
- provide feedback and input on events and strategies for YWWA
- act as a public spokesperson for Youth Week WA in the media and at events
- assess YWWA grant applications
- attend events during YWWA as required.
2023 Youth Week WA Ambassadors
Amy Astill is 21 years old and lives in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She is studying environmental science at Murdoch University and works as a Geology Technician at Northern Star Resources Limited.
In 2021, Amy was elected as a Local Councillor for the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, at 19 years old. She is also a member of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), as well as the Senior Coordinator of Parliamentary for the Y WA's Youth Parliament program.
Amber Ugle-Hayward is 23 years old, a Noongar woman who has lived in many places throughout Western Australia. Amber has achieved a Certificate III in Government and Certificates I and II in Business and is a Senior Heritage Officer with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
Amber is a 2020 graduate of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI) Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program and was the 2022 Joint Agency NAIDOC Event keynote speaker. Amber currently volunteers as the Chair of Gymnastics WA Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, sits on the Town of Victoria Park’s Mindeera Group Committee and is the Youth Board Representative for Rise.