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Do you want to join our Youth Advisory Council?

We are looking for 16 young people to join us as we start an exciting new project for our Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

In partnership with Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre we are offering a monthly YAC meeting for teenagers in the Rainbow Families Community.

There will be a junior and senior council, ranging in age from 11 – 21 years. The junior council will take part in a cooking workshop led by chef and Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre Community Programs Coordinator Stephen Lunny. Each month Stephen and the Junior YAC will explore healthy eating principles and will cook a simple meal for the YAC to share.

The senior council will operate more formally and work on a project of their choice that will run over the year. These sessions will be facilitated by Rainbow Families Co-Chair Vanessa Gonzalez. The group will decide on an issue they want to have a positive impact on in their community, with the goal of launching the project in June next year.

The program will run on the second Thursday of each month from 6.30 – 8.30 at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. Due to COVID restrictions parents are encouraged to drop the YAC members at the centre, and enjoy dinner at one of the local eateries with other YAC parents. Unfortunately there is no capacity for parents to stay with the current restrictions.


Dates for 2020

Thursday September 10th

Thursday October 8th

Thursday November 12th

Thursday December 10th


The program is limited to 16 participants in total. Themes and knowledge will develop from month to month, so we ask that families commit to the full year if possible.

This program is possible thanks to funding from The City Of Sydney, and our partnership with Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. 

If your teenager is interested in being part of this project please contact us.

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