WHY NOT?

Australia says YES!

We have partnered with pop icon, Boy George to reinterpret the Village People classic, YMCA in order to help shine a light on the issues young people are facing today.

Check out the video below.

Let’s start the conversation

The YMCA believes in the power of inspired young people. The problem is, the voices of young people are rarely heard. We want to change that.

We’re redeveloping this website to become a platform for young people. A place where their voices are amplified and shared with the world.

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YMCA Boy George Marriage Equality Announcement

We’re asking Australia…Why Not?

In 2017 Australia overwhelmingly voted yes to marriage equality. But there are more issues we want to talk about.

When there are no jobs for a career you’ve spent years studying for… Why Not?

No one is screaming that one in four young Australians has a mental health condition… Why Not?

 

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To all the ‘no’ voters: I am not your enemy

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Love is so deeply and absolutely, just love

Marriage stands out as one of the most widely recognised commitments of love, a union that so many of us have grown up aspiring to be a part of. People get married for so many reasons, whether it be to validate tradition, to honour religion or simply because marriage acts to provide security and cement legalities due to its binding nature.

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It’s time to step up and say “Yes” Australia

Whilst I'm still in disbelief that Australia thinks it's ok to allow the country to have a vote on whether or not it should be legal to marry the person you love, unfortunately it is happening and now we have to come together and make the right decision.

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Watch Boy George and the YMCA CEO discuss the song.

Boy George and Melinda Crole ask Why Not?

Melinda Crole and Boy George share their excitement about helping young Australians challenge the status quo. It’s an easy and positive shift to make from why, to why not?

 

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“The #whynot? campaign is part of a national
conversation between young people and
those able to make change.”
“The #whynot?
campaign is part of a
national conversation
between young
people and those
able to make
change.”
– Melinda Crole, YMCA CEO

Marriage Equality

It’s 2017 and some Australians still can’t marry the person they love…. Why Not?

Send a letter to the people who can make this change.

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Share
your voice

 

Youth Mental health

No one is screaming that one in four young Australians has a mental health condition… Why Not?

Tell those in power this isn’t an acceptable situation and more needs to be done.

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Share
your voice

Youth Unemployment

When there are no jobs for the career you’ve spent years studying for… Why Not? Help more young Australians get a job by sending your message of support.

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Share
your voice

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Is there an issue facing young people that you think needs to be addressed? Do you have a solution to one of these problems? The more young people we make heard, the better our world and its future will be. Get in touch today.

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