Youth Systemic Advocacy and Wellbeing

Training and mentoring program 

Enrolment deadline extended to 3 July!

Young folks and family members of young ones - if you or someone you know interested in creating positive change for a more just world while taking care of people and planet then we invite you to read on and enrol via this form today.

This program is for people between 12-19 years old living on Noongar and Yamatji Country (between Geraldton, Perth/Peel, South West and Great Southern regions)The program will be spread over 6-10 online sessions taking place on Tuesdays from 5-7pm in Term 3 (July - August 2022).

We know from experience that young people care deeply about systemic issues - think climate change, human rights and social justice. Young people are motivated, passionate and ready to create change in their communities. But, we also know that some young people are already burning out and being negatively impacted by their participation in these movements, which sucks. So, we wanted to do something about it.

That's how this program and research project was born.

About the training and mentorship program:

Co-designed by the Climate Justice Union (CJU) and a group of awesome young change-makers, this training program will grow your skills in systemic advocacy (aka changing the world for the better) and collective wellbeing (aka staying well and avoiding burnout).

We have engaged a bunch of skilled and experienced trainers to deliver sessions that will inspire you, inform you and arm you with the skills you need to create change in your communities, while looking after each other. Some of them are activists, teachers, some are young, and others older. They all have stories to share.

The program will mostly take place online and be super interactive, thought provoking and action inspiring. We also hope to have some in person sessions available in the regions where the 15-30 participants live.

You will learn about:

    • Climate justice & collective organising
    • Power, privilege and dismantling systems of oppression
    • The wisdom and stories Noongar Elders
    • How other young people have created change
    • Influencing decision-makers
    • Peer support and community-building
    • Collective care, safety & well-being
    • Building reflection into practice
    About The research and consent

    We have invited CJU member and PhD researcher at ECU, Kylie Wrigley, to help us learn about what young people need to be more effective and supported as we work together to create change for climate justice. She will be involved in co-facilitating, co-designing and evaluating the training program with the aim of understanding what support young people need to sustain their advocacy. The research includes surveys, collectively taken notes and brainstorms as well as recorded group discussions. CJU and other organisation will use the research findings to inform their work. 

    You can find out more about the research project by reading the participant information sheet here.

    If you choose to participate and are under 16, you should review this information with a trusted adult, parent or guardian. You can ask Kylie questions at any time, and you must agree to some consent questions. We will contact your parent/guardian for their co-consent to. If you are over 16  you will also need to review the information about the research and give consent to participate. We will ask you for an emergency contact. 

    We request consent, co-consent and emergency contact information to ensure you and the information you share are looked after.

    Who's involved and who to contact

    The program organisers are Georgia Beardman (CJU), Jaime Yallup Farrant (CJU) and Kylie Wrigley (ECU+CJU).

    Georgia, Kylie and Jaime are all members of CJU and responsible for co-facilitating and co-delivering the program. Each of them is responsible for overseeing various elements of participant wellbeing, the program delivery, and the research project.

    • You can contact Georgia about your enrolment, participation and access needs (including internet connection and ability needs) or any safety concerns you have. Text: 0434 813 009 Email:
    • If you have questions about the program, its design or CJU you can contact Jaime
    • Kylie will be carrying out the research elements detailed above and in the participant information sheet. She will also be involved in co-facilitating and co-designing the training program. If you have questions about the research you can contact Kylie

    A number of other youth organisations and youth advocates are being engaged to deliver training content, resources and support during the program, including mental health support services.

    Spread the word

    If someone you know might be interested you can send them to our website or download and share this flyer or this poster below.


    About the co-design process

    The program is being co-designed and evaluated by 5 awesome and diverse young people. 

    Members of the co-design group are provided an honorarium for their time and participation (approx. 8 hours of meetings for the co-design process). We expect the co-design team will gain or increase a number of skills, which are transferable into their communities and areas of employment,  including:

    • Team work, leadership and confidence
    • Public Speaking and facilitation
    • Project planning and evaluation
    • Systemic advocacy and effective communication with decision makers
    • Self and collective care
    • Peer mentoring and support


    This project is made possible thanks to YACWA’s Youth Sector Grants Scheme, supported by Lotterywest.

    Call: +61422738541 

    ABN: 23767498078

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    We acknowledge that we begin our work as The Climate Justice Union on the Boodja (land) of the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We honour the Wadjuk people and their kin in other Nations and Country across these lands and waters, who have always cared for this place and all who lived here.

    We acknowledge First Nations Elders past and present, and acknowledge that those of us living here, who came from across the seas, live on land that was taken, stolen. We acknowledge the responsibility that comes with this understanding and that we personally and collectively benefit from this theft.

    As such, we all have a responsibility to decolonise ourselves, our lives and work, and to heal the harm these oppressive systems have inflicted.

    Click here to read our full acknowledgements

    We are a community union and do not cover you in your workplace. All Climate Justice Union members are also encouraged to join the relevant industrial union. Click here to find your industrial Union.

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