Connecting our young people - raising each other up, having each other's backs.
For Rainbow Families, it is crucial that our children have access to spaces where they can be their authentic selves, have a voice in the community and pursue their needs and dreams.
This is what we are here for
When Australia decided on marriage equality in 2017, young people from LGBTQ+ families bravely spoke up about the discrimination they face at school and in the community. Rainbow Families formed its Youth Advisory Council (YAC) in recognition of how important the voices of our young people are, and to create a safe and supportive peer network of other young people who “get it”.
What does it look like now?
The Youth Council has since branched out to accommodate younger and older audiences:
Little Rainbows is open to the younger 10-12 age group, and offers an opportunity for social connection and age appropriate activities.
Youth Council (or the “YAC”) is attended by older cohorts of 13-17 year olds, where they develop projects and initiatives for young people and young adults in the community, and work to raise the profile of Rainbow Families amongst younger audiences. Older members also carry out the very important role of mentoring our younger members.
Each group meets twice a month over food and fun activities.
Both the YAC and Little Rainbows give members an opportunity to forge friendships, develop new skills and build a strong and articulate next generation.
Typically each meet-up will begin with a more formal meeting to discuss projects and future events, followed by a group activity and light dinner (pizza).
How do we join?
The Youth Council is open to any child or young person who is part of the Rainbow Families community.
You will need to fill in our Registration Form and make contact with our Youth Council Coordinator ahead of dropping in to your first session to get acquainted and provide us with important info to help organise catering and activities.
Keep an eye on our upcoming family events for other youth-focused activities.
Term 1 2023
Youth Council meetings occur alongside the school calendar at an Inner West location. As we are a drop-in space, you DO NOT need to attend all sessions, to take part in the Youth Council.
Each month we send out a newsletter to all our community, keeping everyone informed on what we've been up to, what resources we have and what is coming up.