March 30
YMCAs across Australia appoint young people as CEOs for the Day

​It’s interesting that there are renewed calls for a Federal Minister for Youth here in Australia. Well, tomorrow, Friday 31st March, at the beginning of National Youth Week, YMCAs right across Australia are being “taken over” by young people.

A stellar young person, Amanda Gaillis (pictured below), will step into my role as National CEO. While she’s at it, she will also shadow the Victorian Minister for Families, Communities and Youth Affairs, the Hon Jenny Mikakos. Amanda is currently the Youth Governor of YMCA Victoria’s Youth Parliament.

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I know all of the ‘regular’ CEOs and YMCAs involved are looking forward to truly listening to what these young people say is important to them, and helping them take action.

This is because we believe in the power of inspired young people. Young people really are our key to changing the world. Always have been, always will be.

The young CEOS who have been selected to lead for the day have told us they are passionate about a range of issues affecting both children and young people including unemployment, homelessness, youth suicide and youth mental health issues, safety, obesity, disability, disadvantage and affordable, accessible training courses for young people.

What will I be doing while Amanda is being the National CEO? Lucky me, I’ll be spending the day with inspiring young people, starting with a breakfast meeting with one of my mentors Lachlan Headlam, who was the 2016 YMCA National  Young CEO of the Day. I’ll attend the Victoria Youth Summit as an observer.

I really am so excited.  Visit our website to see all of the young people who will be CEOs for the day in their YMCAs across Australia for a day during National Youth Week and please let me know if this is something you would be interested in doing also. We can never have enough inspired young people in our midst.  Josh Caratelli Game Developer, Winner of Triple J’s 25 under 25 award, Indi Clarke, Manager of the Koorie Youth Council, Carla Steele, CEO of the Day at YMCA Whittlesea, and I’ll finish the day with a Skype call with Madeline Price: Founder and Director of the One Woman Project

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