Resources for Young People
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ABC Education provides resources on media literacy including how to spot fake news, disinformation, ethics and more for educators and young people.
‘What is Democracy?’ is presented by Behind the News to provide context behind the Australian electoral process.
As a kid, it’s easy to think you just have to do what you’re told most of the time. But you do actually have a set of rights.
ABC Education provides curriculum-linked learning resources for primary and secondary school teachers and students.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice will be an independent advisory body made up of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people, chosen by local communities.
Adelaide Gaol offers Guided education tours running for 60 minutes mapped to the Australian Curriculum and SACE.
Council’s Youth Leadership Program offers young people a unique opportunity to build transferable professional skills.
The Adelaide Holocaust Museum’s programs for schools inspire curiosity, encourage critical thought, and develop students’ understanding of the Holocaust and its significance in today’s world.
The Australian Electoral Commission has developed a lookup system to help you find your federal electorate.
Council’s Youth Sponsorship Program aims to support and encourage young people displaying commitment, passion and determination.
In a special episode of ABC’s Behind the News, Annabel Crabb answers kids’ questions about elections and politics.
The Australian Citizen Science Project Finder is a place to discover and connect with citizen science projects in Australia.
Migrants to Australia seeking citizenship must complete and pass a citizenship test about Australia’s culture and history, and this test lets you practice.
The Australian Constitution has been properly described as ‘the birth certificate of a nation’.
The Australian Constitution is the bedrock of our society. Since 1901 it has underpinned our story of nation building.
The federal Youth Advisory Groups allow government agencies to consult informed and engaged young people on emerging issues and strategies.
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 Media Literacy Alliance is a consortium of key public institutions and networked organisations who are positioned to take an interest in public media literacy.
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.
In Bad News, you take on the role of fake news-monger. Drop all pretense of ethics and choose a path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate (and learn about media literacy and critical thinking along the way).
The Beachport Old Wool and Grain Store Museum features displays about the local fishing industry, agricultural history and the Buandik people.
The Bon Accord Mine Complex is the site of the original mine office and workshop for one of the then-largest copper mines in the world.
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.
The Charter for Children and Young People reflects a commitment to work from a foundation of state, national and international children’s rights including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other human rights instruments. The...
Save the Children’s Child Rights Resource Centre is an e-library that hosts comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date information on Save the Children’s and their partners’ work.
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 Playford offers two types of grants that are open to young people – Outstanding Achievement Grants, and Club Participation Sponsorship Grants.
The City of Prospect Youth Sponsorship Program aims to encourage and support young people aged 21 years and under who have been selected to represent their institution, club or organisation in areas including sport & recreation, science, technology, arts and culture.
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 City of Unley Youth Sponsorship Grants program assists local young people who have excelled in a particular sport, cultural or recreational activity, and have been chosen to participate in a related event which is of state, national or international significance.
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.
Parliament SA Committees are responsible for overseeing and carrying out inquiries into various aspects of South Australian society.
The Community Changemakers Toolkit is aimed at young people, youth advisory committees, teachers and local government workers who want to learn more about how to make a positive impact in their local community.
Courts SA provides access to online and in-person resources about the law and legal proceedings.
They support children and young people from 0-25 who are currently in, or have experience in foster care, kinship care, permanent care or residential care.
The Cummins Youth Advisory Council is for young people aged 15-25 years to get involved and engage with their community.
The Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award acknowledges and congratulates their commitment to achieving excellence. The award recognises contributions to the Aboriginal and/or broader community, barriers overcome, leadership skills and cultural achievements.
The Department of Human Services Pride Award aims to shine light on the accomplishments of young LGBTIQA+ South Australians who inspire the people around them and strive to make South Australia a better place.
The Threats to Digital Democracy report reflects the ideas and discussions of the 2022 forum of experts exploring the impacts of technology.
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 Eden School Prize is an essay competition open to year 10 students in South Australian government schools
Visit the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre and see how early settlers lived and how the visitors holidayed.
The eSafety Commissioner offers support and develops resources to combat harassment, bullying and other harmful behaviours online.
The Local Government Association of South Australia has developed an interactive map to help you find your local council area.
ECSA has developed an interactive, easy-to-use map that shows South Australia’s House of Assembly electoral districts.
The SA Parliament website allows your to find your State MP with just a few pieces of information — and learn about their history!
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 Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has been empowering and building-up young people for over 40 years. Their programs allow young people to create change as part of a network of other young people who are passionate about improving their world.
Founders and Survivors is a partnership between historians, genealogists, demographers and population health researchers. It seeks to record and study the founding population of 73,000 men women and children who were transported to Tasmania as convicts.
First Languages Australia is working with regional language centres nationally to develop a map of Australia’s first languages that reflects the names and groupings favoured by community.
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 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools is a cross-sector initiative to develop student awareness and skills as active and informed citizens in a multicultural and democratic society. The initiative involves an annual competition conducted by the Department for Education and guided by the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools Reference Group.
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.
Green Adelaide offers a range of programs aimed at helping young people create change and take action against environmental destruction and climate change.
The History Trust of South Australia operates three museums – the Migration Museum, the National Motor Museum and the South Australian Maritime Museum.
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.
Get UP! has produced the How to Vote video, which explains how (and why) to vote in elections in Australia.
Iga Warta provides a series of activities from tours of painting and story sites to bush tucker tastings to campfire evenings.
The UN has developed a series of resources that are suitable for adults and youth alike – a fun and engaging way to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and what you can do to take action to make them a reality.
The Jewish Museum of Australia illuminates Jewish life. At the intersection of art and Jewish culture, the Museum is a place for all people to share in the Australian Jewish experience.
The Kangaroo Island Council offers a range of Youth Grants, funding activities across a range of eligibilities – education costs, fostering creativity, medical advancements and more.
The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition comprises a series of simulated court cases contested by students from years 10, 11 or 12 and is designed to bring young South Australians closer to the workings of our State’s legal system.
In a series of short episodes, Lizzie O’Shea takes viewers into courts and the places where laws are made as she talks to Australia’s top legal minds.
The Legal Education Teachers Association of South Australia has created a list of resources for teachers and students of legal studies,
The Legal Services Commission is an independent statutory authority. It is established by the Legal Services Commission Act 1977 (SA) to provide legal assistance to people throughout South Australia.
Do you know what each level of government is responsible for? Test your knowledge of the three levels of government in Australia with this game.
Grants of up to $500 are available for youth to participate in cultural, sport and recreation, science, technology, arts and community service activities.
Southern Cultural Immersion offers a range of authentic experiences to celebrate and explore Aboriginal culture, and welcomes bookings from community and school groups.
The Location SA Map Viewer is a public-facing application that enables citizens to visualise much of the state government data assets in the Location SA repository.
To mark the 800th year of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission released an animation, interactive infographic and teachers resource on the story of our freedom.
The Parliamentary Education Office has created information sheets and a video about the process of introducing a bill in federal parliament to become a law.
Map Your Future is a free online program to help young people plan what they want to do in the future. It has information and activities to help set goals and get the right support to achieve goals.
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.
Media Monsters is a digital campaign that aims to raise awareness of media literacy and critical thinking in young people.
Microboards Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting people with a disability and their networks of support to find ways to develop lasting relationships, recruit support teams and plan for the future.
The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities.
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.
Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA) is a leading community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a diverse range of services and programs to support multicultural young people and young families living in South Australia.
The Muriel Matters Awards aim to identify and recognise young people in our schools who show the qualities of self-initiative, determination to make a difference despite personal challenges and a commitment to make the world a better place for all.
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 Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is a living museum of social and political history, located in a nationally listed heritage building in Parkes, Canberra.
NAIDOC is the national organisation that manages the annual NAIDOC Week theming and direction, as well as provide education and engaging resources about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
The National Museum of Australia brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through compelling objects, ideas and events. They focus on Indigenous histories and cultures, European settlement and human interaction with the environment.
The National Portrait Gallery is the country’s largest collection of portraits of notable Australians.
National Student Volunteer Week acknowledges and celebrates student volunteers, and promotes volunteering to students and young people across Australia.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the leading United Nations entity on human rights.
The Fund Your Dreams grants recognise and support young people (aged 8-25) to access opportunities that will build their capacity and foster their passions.
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.
Outreach Education offers teachers an extensive range of learning opportunities developed by private organisations.
The Parliamentary Education Office (PEO) educates Australians about, and inspires their enthusiasm for, Australia’s parliamentary democracy.
Any citizen, or group of citizens of South Australia, may petition either House of Parliament to take action. As an example the petition may request a House to introduce legislation, or to repeal or amend existing legislation, or take action for a particular purpose or in favour of particular persons.
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.
These Pocket Australian Constitutions are handy pocket-sized editions of the full text of the Australian Constitution. They are published jointly by the Parliamentary Education Office and the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS).
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.
Raise Our Voice is a project that works directly with members of parliament to amplify the voices of young women, trans, and non-binary people.
Demonstrations or rallies are good ways for a collective to publicly show support or resistance to a particular social issue or bill.
Red Cross Australia has designed a program to teach young people all they need to know about the natural hazards humans face due to Earth’s changing climate.
The Renmark Paringa Council offers grants of up to $400 for people 24 or younger who are participating in artistic, cultural, environmental, or sporting events.
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.
Formed in 2009, The Rule of Law Education Centre educates and informs about how the Magna Carta and subsequent rule of law principles have impacted and contributed to the history, culture and legal processes of Australia and to strengthen the rule of law and human rights through education.
The SA History Hub is an online collection of South Australia’s people, places, organisations, ‘things’, and events.
The City of Salisbury Youth Sponsorship Program aims to provide sponsorship for State and/or Australian representation, in sporting, cultural or recreational activities.
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
South Australia’s First Nations Voice to Parliament will be a connected, direct and independent line of communication for First Nations people to South Australia’s Parliament and the government, to allow important, shared communication by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in South Australia.
The South Australian Constitution is the chief governing document of the state. All other laws made in South Australia must fall within the parameters of the Constitution.
Every year hundreds of activities, tours, screenings, talks, and events are held relating to South Australia’s history.
Strathalbyn and District Heritage Centre is located in the former police station which was built in 1858 with courthouse added in 1867.
The Department for Education has put together a brief guide to encouraging students to get involved in volunteering.
The City of Tea Tree Gully provides a range of opportunities and programs for young people to get involved in their local community.
Think U Know is aimed at combating online child sexual exploitation. The program includes content for teachers, parents, and young people of all ages.
Australia is served by three levels of government – Federal, State, and Local – and each level of government has its own rules and responsibilities.
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.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty which sets out internationally agreed rights of children
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) is the leading UN entity on human rights.
UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led organisation that aims to educate and empower young Australians on global issues.
The UN Youth Evatt Competition is a Model UN Security Council competition to educate and empower young as active citizens.
The Youth Advocacy Guide is a youth-focused resource that aims to support users along their personal advocacy journeys.
These easy guides will ensure that young climate activists feel capable of fighting for their future, and the future of their planet.
Volunteering SA connects people and organisations to create positive volunteering experiences and works with almost one million volunteers.
The ABC, in partnership with VoxPop Labs, has developed the Vote Compass tool to help people make informed decisions about the party that best aligns with their beliefs.
The ‘What is Democracy?’ animated video provides a fun introduction to some of the key features of Australian democracy.
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 Women’s Museum of Australia aims to inspire everyone to live up to the achievements of the women whose stories they share.
The YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament offers individuals aged 15-25 years a platform to express their perspectives on significant matters.
The 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards acknowledge, encourage and – most importantly – promote the positive achievements of young people throughout South Australia.
The Young Citizen of the Year Award acknowledges the unsung young people who are the heroes of our community.
The Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) is the peak body that represents the interests of young people, youth sector workers, organisations and networks throughout the non-government youth sector.
The Youth Environment Council (YEC) of SA provides young people with a voice in key environmental issues facing South Australia.
Youth Law Australia (YLA) is a community legal service that is dedicated to helping Australian children, young people, and their supporters to find legal solutions to their problems.
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.