It’s 2017 and some Australians still can’t marry the person they love…Why Not?
Young people have told us that they simply can’t understand why in 2017, Australia doesn’t have equal rights for all people. We don’t see marriage equality as a gay issue, we see it as an equal rights issue.
When there are no jobs for a career you’ve spent years studying for…Why Not?
How can we expect our young people to feel engaged in society when we’re not allowing them to participate? How can they build their own secure future without the building blocks of stable employment and entry-level jobs?
No one is screaming that one in four young Australians has a mental health condition…Why Not?
How is this not a national crisis? Is there still a stigma around mental health or are we as a society putting it into the too hard basket?
Given Beyond Blue has identified that three in four adult mental health conditions emerge by age 24 and half by age 14 shouldn’t we be intervening now?
The Why Not campaign was created by the YMCA to help young voices be heard by those in power on the issues that matter to them. Learn more
The YMCA in Australia serves in over 700 communities, offering a wide range of activities from gyms and swimming centres to early learning, school holiday programs, camping, sports, disability, youth services and leadership programs, all united by a shared belief in the power of inspired young people. www.ymca.org.au
Globally, The YMCA works to bring social justice and peace to young people and their communities, regardless of religion, race, gender or culture. Operating in 119 countries, 60,000,000 people identify themselves as Y members.
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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.Contact us