Connecting our young people - raising each other up, having each other's backs.
When Australia decided on marriage equality, young people from LGBTQ+ families bravely spoke up about the discrimination they face at school and in the community. Rainbow Family’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was formed 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”.
This is what we are here for
As Rainbow Families, our children are our purpose, and ensuring they have space to be their authentic selves, have a voice in the community and can pursue their needs and dreams is crucial to us.
The YAC is open to any child or young person who is part of the Rainbow Families Community. There is a junior and senior council, ranging from 11 – 21 years of age. The junior council offers an opportunity for social connection and age appropriate activities. The senior council operates more formally and will be active in setting advocacy and policy goals, and developing projects and initiatives for young people and young adults in our community. The senior council also offers an important mentoring role for younger councillors joining the junior council.
The YAC meets fortnightly and gives members an opportunity to forge friendships, develop new skills and build a strong and articulate next generation.
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.