Jobs on Jeneba’s mind

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

YMCA Shadow Youth Min­is­ter Jeneba Ma­cauley.

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