“The Shoalhaven has one of the highest youth unemployment levels in Australia”

It’s been at least two decades since the Shoalhaven has had a youth unemployment rate anywhere near the national average. To combat this, the South Coast Youth Leadership Forum has been relaunched and joined forces with local businesses to inspire the youth of the Shoalhaven to “Be the Change” and reverse this statistic.

The South Coast Youth Leadership Forum is an initiative targeting 15-17 year olds, both indigenous and non-indigenous, who are living within the region but may not understand the opportunities available to them as far as employment and personal development.

It is an international program aimed at youth to inspire them to “Be the change” and implement change in the community. They will look at vehicles for social change and how these can be implemented in their own life and community to become positive productive members of our society.

The program is conducted over 3 days in October, introducing a mix of international facilitators as well as local speakers and will establish 60 youth participants to commence this change program. With a focus on regional and indigenous youth, the training is designed to assist the youth to create positive change in their life.

Uniting business and youth, the course goes one step closer to connecting with employers and inspiring them to create workplace networks for the youth in attendance.

South Coast Youth Leadership Forum is brought to you by the Inspire Youth Australia Foundation.

“Be the change”





“My name is Mikayla Barnes, although I am only 18 I have already reached so many of my goals, most of which are leadership related. I am the Nowra High School captain, won a number of different leadership awards and mentored a number of different leadership related events. However, I do not think I could have reached this point in my life if it was not for the South Coast Youth Leadership Forum. The SCYLF has given me the confidence I need to succeed and step out of my comfort zone to make a significant difference in my life, the community and even nationally.”
Mikayla Barnes, SCYLF Attendee 2015, Nowra High School


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