Jobs on Jeneba’s mind
KEWDALE resident Jeneba Macauley is one of 59 young people advocating for policies that affect their generation in YMCA’s annual Their Generation camp this week.
Ms Macauley is advocating policies in Youth Affairs and said that one of the biggest challenges affecting youth today was youth employment.
“Speaking as someone who is close to graduating university, the current job market is a scary place for me,” she said.
“Unfortunately I fall into a category where I’m too young to have all the necessary experience but yet I’m too old and have too much experience for many parttime or casual jobs.”
“There is this grey area within our employment market that limits my ability to earning an income, which unfortunately, also restricts my ability to become an independent functioning member of society.”
The program aims to educate and empower young people to take an active role in their community by contributing the views and changes they want to see at State level.
This year, the participants will work in groups to put together Bills for issues pertinent to them, including refocusing arts and culture in WA, schools and combating youth mental health issues.
One Bill will ask that personal mental health information be kept private to address concerns that the public can access information about someone attending sessions with a psychologist with a doctor’s referral through Medicare.
YMCA WA, with support from the Department of Communities, has been running Youth Parliament for 22 years and this month’s camp will be based at Point Walter Recreation Centre.
The participants will go to Parliament House to discuss their Bills.
YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said the participants would develop personal skills, as well as learning to perform in a professional environment.
Bills are presented to the State Government and Opposition for consideration, as well as the Governor of WA and the Department of Communities.
“It is hugely empowering for our participants that their voices are heard long after their time in Parliament House,” YMCA WA mentoring manager Tim Galloway said.
YMCA Shadow Youth Minister Jeneba Macauley.