The Our Voice National Youth Leadership Program will provide young people with a parent or family member in prison an opportunity for their voices to be heard and to develop their leadership skills. ‘Our Voice’ aims for the voices of children and young people affected by the criminal justice system to be heard by government, law-makers, educators, business, philanthropy, media and the wider community, working towards the development of an Australian Bill of Rights for Children and Young People with an Incarcerated Parent.
National Youth Advisory Council
As part of the Our Voice program, a National Youth Advisory Council will be established to provide advice and recommendations to SHINE for Kids on issues that impact young people with a parent or family member in prison as well as develop youth-led, community based strategies and projects in response to those issues. In return, SHINE will provide members career advancement training and leadership development opportunities. The National Youth Advisory Council will come together bi-annually to meet and at other times will meet via teleconference.
The primary function of the National Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice and make recommendations to SHINE for Kids on:
- Policy, programs and services which impact on children and youth with a parent in prison
- Current and emerging issues and concerns of importance to children and youth with a parent in prison, to improve awareness of SHINE of a range of issues which affect young Aboriginal people;
- Issues impacting children and young people with a parent in prison specific to local and regional contexts;
- Opportunities and strategies to increase the participation of children and people with a parent in prison in SHINE for Kids programs.
The National Youth Advisory Council will:
- Provide a forum for the sharing of ideas and discussions on a wide range of issues affecting children and young people with a parent in prison;
- Be the primary mechanism for SHINE for Kids to consult with children and young people with a parent in prison on a range of issues;
- Provide a two-way communication forum for children and young people with a parent in prison, their perspectives on a range of issues, and a means of communication from SHINE to young people on issues relating to the criminal justice system;
- Demonstrate leadership through building cooperative and meaningful partnerships with a parent in prison, SHINE staff working in prisons, researchers and advocates in the criminal justice space;
- Encourage the active participation of, including the employment of young people with a parent in prison in SHINE for Kids.
For more information, please download the full charter.
The first of its kind in Australia, SHINE for Kids is seeking applications from young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from 8 states and territories, with a passion for advocating on behalf of others and who want to be a part of SHINE for Kids. If you are interested in being part of this, please complete and submit the application form below or download and return the completed application form.
If you have any difficulties completing this form please call us on (02) 9714 3000.