The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) champions the voices of children and young people to provide youth perspectives and leadership to the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). The YAC meets regularly to provide advice to the Commissioners on what is important to children and young people in Queensland.
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Meet our Current Youth Champions
Aimee is a proud Worimi woman. She works at the CREATE Foundation as a Youth Facilitator. As a result of her own lived experience in out-of-home care, Aimee is passionate about the out-of-home care system and the diverse range of issues that young people face in care and when transitioning to adulthood.
Aimee has been a strong advocate for issues such as youth justice, homelessness, housing, disability, minorities and disadvantaged people. She is also interested in the areas of domestic and family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and improving supports for young parents.
Ameya is a year 9 high school student. She is a Unitied Nations Youth Student Ambassador, a 2019 United Nations Voice of the Youth state finalist, and has been awarded a Rostrum public speaking award.
As a proud second-generation Australian, Ameya enjoys diverse experiences and traditions through her heritage and appreciates learning about other cultures, beliefs and traditions.
Ameya is a passionate advocate for children's rights, climate and environmental action, and speaking out against racism and bullying. She is also interested in gender equality, domestic violence prevention and youth justice. Ameya hopes to become a diplomat for the Unitied Nations to make a better world for future generations.
Annika is a proud Torres Strait Islander from Iama (Yam) Island (Central Torres Strait). She brings her cultural authority and leadership to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people throughout her personal and professional networks.
Annika studied a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons in Organisational Psychology) and holds a dual consultancy role within Ernst and Youngs's People Advisory Services and Indigenous Sector Practice. Annika is a Research Fellow at Griffith University where she researches equine-assisted therapies for disenfranchised youth. She is currently involved in a national project to Assess the Disability Need of Indigenous Prisioners (ADNIP).
Annika also sits on the Premier's Advisory Committee to help the Queensland Government action the 29 recommendations from the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report.
Annika's interests include Indigenous advancement and advocacy, equine-assisted therapies, entrepreneurship, mental health and wellbeing, online safety and youth empowerment.
Ben is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies. He was a recipient of the Australian Future Leaders' Justice and Equity Award and the Peter Dutton Public Speaking Award.
Ben has previously worked as a Youth Ambassador for Save the Children Australia where he had the opportunity to deliver the Youth Manifesto for change to the Australian Government.
Ben is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation, especially in the Australian Constitution. Ben is also interested in LGBTQIA+ rights and the health and mental health of young people. Ben hopes to become a dipolmat or work in the social justice sector.
Caroline is studying a Bachelor of Human Services and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. As a result of her own journey in the care system, Caroline is a strong advocate for children and young people living in out-of-home care. She has worked with the CREATE foundation to promote and create systemic change in the out-of-home sector.
Caroline is an experienced presenter. She recently participated in an online podcast with Bravehearts about child safe organisations, was a panel member for the Queensland Mental Health Commission's Shifting Minds launch and presented the findings of the QFCC's Growing up in Queensland project.
Caroline's other interests include breaking the stigma for children and young people in out-of-home care, youth mental health and criminology. Her career goal is to create positive change in these fields.
Chantel is studying a Bachelor of Education, works part-time as a legal receptionist and is a member of the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel (QYEP).
Chantel was a member of the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce and was a YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament member for Redlands. She would like to become a YMCA Youth Executive Member.
Chantel's interests include making society better for all people, especially those who are marginalised, raising awareness about access for people with a disability and helping everyone to enjoy equal rights.
Destiny is a proud Kullilli woman from Cherbourg. She is studying business management and loves spending time with her two young children. Destiny brings a unique rural perspective to the Council. She is passionate about encouraging youth from rural communities to get involved and have their say.
Destiny is committed to giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth a voice both in their communitites and in government systems. She is also a strong advocate for young people in the youth justice and child protection systems. Destiny hopes her youth and community advocacy work will contribute to more inclusive approaches within the child and family support systems.
Dominic is a student at CQUniversity, studying a Bachelor of Business (Management). He has studied in both Vietnam and New Caledonia through the New Colombo Plan.
He has been awarded the Mackay Regional Council Arts and Culture Award and the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre Jack Sturgeon Bursary for his achievements in ballet and the arts.
Dominic has previously served on the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel and the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel. He is currently a member of the Queensland Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee Youth Advisory Group with Queensland Health.
Dominic is a Marketing Associate with the Australian Business Students Association, part of the Content Team with generationYOU and a Student Mentor at CQUniversity. Dominic is also concurrently studying two ballet teaching qualifications as well as French and Spanish.
He is passionate about supporting regional areas to access equal opportunities and is an advocate for the arts, entrepreneurship and languages.
Gillian is studying a Bachelor of Human Services and has previously completed a Dipolma of Community Services. She is a member of headspace Taringa's Youth Reference Group where she advocates for the importance of youth mental health.
Gillian works with the Children's Hospital Foundation as a bedside play volunteer and completed a student placement with the QFCC's Growing up in Queensland project.
Gillian's interests include youth mental health, healthcare and youth empowerment. She is passionate about supporting young people in the community and empowering them to be in control of their lives, overcome challenges and realise their potential.
Kathryn is a practicing solicitor and passionate advocate for equality and social inclusion. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament and is a Mentor to the Child Safety, Youth and Women Committee. She is also a member of Pride in Law, the only LGBTQIA+ legal network in Australia.
As a former convener of the Bond Sony Foundation's Children's Holiday Camp, Kathryn is experienced in supporting young people who require special assistance. She volunteers for UNICEF Australia and recently participated in the Young People's Plenary Panel at the Families Australia 'Child Aware' Conference.
Kathryn's interests include gender equality, public policy and advocating for the human rights of young people, especially those experiencing chronic health issues or facing discrimination.
Li Xuan is studying Bachelor of Economics and recently completed a student intership in an education start up in China. She volunteers with United Nations Youth Queensland, facilitating insightful conversations about critical global issues with high school students.
As a child of immigrant parents from South East Asia, Li Xuan understands growing up and adapting to life with two cultural identities. She is a great advocate for multiculturalism.
Li Xuan's interests include feminism, mental health and well-being, youth empowerment, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation and making everyone, no matter where they are from, feel at home. Li Xuan would like to be a government economic consultant, developing policies for better, sustainable societies.
Madison is the 2019 Queensland Youth Volunteer of the Year and was a recipient of the International Diana Award for being an inspiring and exceptional volunteer, mentor and changemaker. Madison was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Young Australian of the Year award and was a Australian Human Rights Commission Young People's Human Rights medal finalist.
Madison is studying a Bachelor of Business and is involved with a variety of groups on campus and across various communities, including the National Council of Women Queensland, Women Deliver Young Leaders Program, Amnesty International, Queensland Mental Health Commission, Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers and Beyond Blue.
Madison is passionate about humanitarian and social justice issues, youth engagement, equality, inclusion, youth mental health awareness, and empowering women. She hopes to work for the Unitied Nations where she can serve others and create positive social change.
Tamika is a proud Aboriginal, Torres Strait and South Sea woman, currently studying a Bachelor of Environmental and Marine Science. Tamika is passionate about climate change, education, human rights and health.
Tamika works at SEED, and Indigenous Youth Climat Network tackling environmental justice and climate change. She assited with the start-up of 'Take Pride Movement' an Indigenous clothing brand and has created a social media page know as 'First Nations Affirmations' to uplift, inspire and empower First Nations people.
Tamika has recently been accepted into the 2020 Community Organising Fellowship, to influence social and environmental justice around Australia. She is passionate about pursuing a career within the environmental (science) education industry, whilst empowering and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and her community.
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