The Y will always support young people, and to remind everybody of this, we’re excited to launch the next video in our #YWeAreHere campaign featuring some of our own Y young people.
Lately, we’ve seen young people respond to crises with compassion and creativity.
Young people continue to raise their voices until they are heard. Young people continue to step up and show true leadership.
"Young people continue to provide solutions that can ensure our post pandemic recovery. Our focus on ensuring the voice of young people reaches decision makers and transforms into true intergenerational leadership for this country is key," said Carolyn Morris, CEO YMCA Victoria.
At the Y, young people have been leaders in embracing and developing online content to connect, engage and support one another during the COVID-19 crisis, like our new Virtual Y, which has been driven and developed largely by young people.
Virtual Y is a free platform providing online youth content as well as virtual fitness, nutrition and wellbing content. It has been funded by the Victorian Government to help support young people's mental wellbeing.
"Feedback has been that these opportunities to connect have been a lifeline for many of our young people during this challenging time," said Carolyn.
Our new video features some of our own young people from the Y in Victoria. And thanks to pro-bono support from a partner media agency, over $225,000 worth of free advertising was donated to the Y by Channel 10, Channel 7 and a number of major daily newspapers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Hobart and the Northern Territory.
So keep your eye out for this beautiful video of our inspiring young people.
You can watch the full video here on our YouTube channel.