Given the current social distancing requirements in relation to COVID-19, the Department of Communities has made the decision to cancel Youth Week WA events for April 2020.

This decision has not been made lightly, however the health, safety and wellbeing of all people in Western Australian communities is paramount.

As a result of this decision, the Youth Week WA 2020 grants program will also be cancelled.

Communities is considering alternative ways in which the celebration of young people can be promoted throughout the rest of the year and the role our 2020 Ambassadors can play in this.

This year’s Youth Week WA theme is Koora, Mila, Yeyi - three Nyoongar words that refer to three different points of time, Koora meaning the past, Mila meaning the future, and Yeyi meaning the present. Youth Week WA was scheduled to run 17-24 April 2020.

2020 Ambassadors

The ambassadors work with a committee of young people to develop events across the State, including the KickstART Festival, which is run by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with Communities.

Zahra Al Hilaly

Zahra is 19 years old and a first generation Australian to refugee parents from Iran and Palestine. She is studying a double major in Law and Journalism at the University of Western Australia.

Zahra is a leader in the multicultural community, values unique perspectives and works closely with young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to foster their involvement in the broader community. She is passionate about developing her knowledge of youth engagement for multicultural communities.

Haseeb Riaz

Haseeb is 19 years old and is currently working as a Coordinator for Dr YES, running high school peer-to-peer health education sessions to equip students with healthy harm-minimising and decision-making skills. He is enrolled in a direct pathway position to the Doctor of Medicine course and was awarded the top UWA undergraduate Fogarty Foundation Scholarship.

Haseeb is an advocate for youth issues and is passionate about young people having a voice. He co-founded the Man Up project, that empowers young men with the tools to develop their positive masculinity and intends to deliver the program to schools.