Youth Week WA

Youth Week WA (YWWA) 2022 runs from 8-16 April and is the biggest celebration of young people on the Western Australian youth calendar.

2022 campaign

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
  • partner with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia to hold the WA Youth Awards that recognise the outstanding achievements of young people, youth organisations and youth workers
  • appoint two Youth Week WA Ambassadors to represent young people across the State.

The theme for 2022 is ‘Courage to Change’. It was developed from discussions the Young People’s Planning Committee had about the many ways that change happens – be it social change, personal change, political change, or ecological changes.

‘Courage to Change’ is a call to action, empowering young people to form their own opinions, shape decision-making and enact change.

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.

2022 Youth Week WA Ambassadors

Amy Astill

Amy Astill is 20 years old and lives in Kalgoorlie. She is studying at the University of Western Australia and works as the Operations Coordinator at the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre. She is also a Youth Mentor for both the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council and the Salvation Army Shed Project.

Amy has been volunteering with the City of Kalgoorlie since 2016 and was elected as Youth Councillor that same year. In 2017 she was elected the Youth Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and in 2021, she was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).

Amber Ugle-Hayward

Amber Ugle-Hayward is 22 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 an Administrative Coordinator with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Amber is a 2020 graduate of the Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI) Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program and has been the keynote speaker for ATCO National Reconciliation Week. In 2021, Amber was an induction speaker for the Public Services Commission Aboriginal Traineeship Program.

Page reviewed 7 April 2022