Youth Week WA

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:

  • partner with Propel Youth Arts to hold the annual KickstART Festival
  • deliver the 2021 Youth Week WA Grants Program, which provides grants of between $1,500 and $3,000 for Youth Week 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 Youth Week WA Ambassadors to represent young people across the State.

See a full list of events:

2021 Ambassadors

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 Al Hilaly

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 Riaz

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.