Youth Week WA 2021 runs from 9-16 April and is the biggest celebration of young people on the Western Australian youth calendar.
This year’s theme is Our Path. Inspired by wayfinding stars, it acknowledges the convergence of our individual paths to form a community, to where we are now, and questions how we are going to move forward.
The Department of Communities is responsible for the oversight of Youth Week WA. To recognise and celebrate young people aged 10-25 we:
See a full list of events:
In 2021, the Ambassadors will work with small committees of young people to develop events across the State, including the KickstART Festival, which is run by Propel Youth Arts in partnership with Communities. The 2020 Ambassadors, Zahra Al Hilaly and Haseeb Riaz, who were unable to undertake the role last year due to COVID-19, will continue in their roles for Youth Week WA 2021.
Zahra is 20-year-old first generation Australian, advocating for equitable representation within decision making for marginalised constituencies, including women of colour and migrant and refugee women.
Zahra works within policy and advocacy at a local, national and international level. She currently represents Australia on UN Women’s Generation Equality Task Force, is a part of the World YWCA Women’s Leadership Cohort and sits on multiple advisory boards and round tables including the YWCA Australia Young Women’s Council and the WA Ministerial Youth Advisory Council.
Zahra believes that storytelling is a profound value that will change the world, and it is the stories of underrepresented constituencies that will shift the narrative in creating an intergenerational reform.
Haseeb is 21 and started his Doctor of Medicine course at the University of Western Australia this year. He is a Fogarty Foundation Scholar at UWA and has previously volunteered and worked with organisations such as Dr YES, running high school peer-to-peer health education sessions, where he was project coordinator in 2019, and United Nations Youth Australia, where he was the WA vice-president.
He co-founded Man Up in 2020, a project which delivers workshops in schools to engage high-school aged boys and empower them with the tools to develop and redefine their version of positive masculinity.
This year, he is also a member of the Ministerial Youth Advisory Council and is the treasurer of the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society. Haseeb is an advocate for youth equality, health and access issues and is passionate about young people having a voice in making the decisions of today.