Civics Opportunities for Young People
There are hundreds of civics opportunities for South Australian young people who are interested to become involved in advocating for positive change across their communities. They range from local, state and federal government organisations and agencies to philanthropic businesses, not-for-profits and corporate foundations.
Their members include many volunteers and there are a number of youth led organisations too. You can find out what is involved in becoming a member of the SA SRC, or volunteer to join your local council youth advisory committee. You can participate in YMCA’s Youth Parliament or be part of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition to name just a few of the opportunities available to you as a young citizen of South Australia.
Check out the list below to see which organisations and issues interest you, and simply follow the links to the source information for full details on how you can get involved!
Council’s Youth Leadership Program offers young people a unique opportunity to build transferable professional skills.
The Australian Government Youth Steering Committee is an opportunity for young people to work with the Minister for Youth and ensure that they have a voice to government.
The Australian Multicultural Foundation Youth Leadership Program offers young leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds the opportunity to visit Old Parliament House and learn new and important skills.
Australian Youth Affairs Council (AYAC) is a national voice and advocate for Australian young people.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s mission is to build a movement of young people leading solutions to the ongoing climate crisis.
The Campbelltown Youth Advisory Committee provides an opportunity for young people to discuss issues and create change for young people.
The Charter Ambassador Program (CAP) is run by the Child Development Council and is an opportunity for children and young people to say what they need to be safe, happy and well, influence change and to learn new skills.
Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that represents children and young people with disability. CYDA provides a link between the direct experiences of children and young people with disability and...
The City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters Young Achievers Program celebrates the achievements of young people in sport, academia, art, culture and leadership.
The City of Unley Living Young Reference Group provides an opportunity for passionate young people aged 12 – 25 years to engage with Council and other local organisations about issues that are important to them.
The Clare and Gilbert Valleys Youth Advisory Committee is for young people aged 15-25 who advocate on behalf of young people in the region, regarding youth issues in the region and on a broader scale.
The Cummins Youth Advisory Council is for young people aged 15-25 years to get involved and engage with their community.
Established in 2020, the District Council of Karoonda East Murray Youth Action Committee is an opportunity for a group of young people aged 12 – 25 years to meet regularly to discuss youth issues, help organise youth & community events and take part in leadership forums and self-development activities.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading structured youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.
The Fleurieu Coast Youth Advisory Committee (FCYAC) is made up of young people aged 12-25 years who meet regularly to plan events, determine the risks and barriers involved in them, work through issues and assist in delivery of local events and activities for youth.
The Gawler Youth Advisory Committee (GYAC) is a forum for passionate young people who want to make a difference in the community, challenge themselves as leaders and be influential in local government decision making.
GGSA provides an exciting education program that is dynamic, flexible and values-based where girls and young women are fully supported in safe, friendly and social environments.
The Goyder Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a volunteer group for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are passionate about their community and live, work, study or volunteer in the Regional Council of Goyder.
HoldUp is the City of Holdfast Bay Youth Committee and is the voice for people aged 12-25 in the Holdfast Bay area. They represent young people who live, work, study, or spend time in the Holdfast Bay council area.
The Youth Collective Committee (YCC) is group of young people selected to represent the views and values of young people in the City of Marion.
Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN) is an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to the government and capacity building to those who work with young people.
The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a forum to recognise and promote young leaders within the community by listening to their ideas, capturing their options and providing them with opportunities to thrive.
The Onkaparinga Youth Committee is an active group of young people aged 12-25 years. They meet regularly to advocate for young people and drive change in the City of Onkaparinga.
The Playford Youth Advisory Committee is a team of young volunteers that work on local youth projects and events. It’s an awesome way to meet new people and to help make a change within the Playford community.
The Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize provides young South Australians with the opportunity to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century.
Restless Development are a global youth-oriented change-making movement. Rest Less Development is committed to empowering young activists and change-makers from all over the world through their programs and initiatives.
The Roxby Downs Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) plan, promote and deliver youth oriented events, programs and services in Roxby Downs.
Scouts SA has a range of programs for young people from the age of 5-25 and adults of all ages to take part in a range of activities
The City of Tea Tree Gully provides a range of opportunities and programs for young people to get involved in their local community.
The Tumby Bay Youth Advisory Committee is a vibrant group of young people who are working towards making their community better for themselves and everyone else.
UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians on global issues.
Volunteering SA connects people and organisations to create positive volunteering experiences and works with almost one million volunteers.
The Whyalla YAC provides an opportunity for young people to share their views and to work together to develop solutions to issues which affect their lives and their communities.
The Youth Environment Council (YEC) of SA provides young people with a voice in key environmental issues facing South Australia.
The Youth Opportunities Association’s mission is to create opportunities for young people to become personal leaders and develop lifelong skills, habits and confidence to thrive.