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Why now?

Why Not? is a new online space for young Australians supported by the YMCA in Australia. Why Not? is for young Australians, by young Australians – it’s a platform to amplify our voices, support and learn from each other, and resist stereotypes. We have opinions just like everyone else – and we deserve to be heard. The Why Not? campaign was created by the YMCA in Australia to help young voices be...

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Youth Summit

YMCA Youth Summit 28/05/2018 – Arts Centre Melbourne Book your tickets here   It’s time for some fresh thinking on Mental Health. Currently 1 in 4 young people experience a mental illness like anxiety or...

Beating the stigma together

Currently there is a huge stigma surrounding mental health and mental health issues. How can you help destroy the stigma and support those who need it?

Put your posters up!

Tonight I witnessed something. Something that demonstrated to me, exactly what impact looks like. Without clicks, likes, comments or shares. Just face to face, real life human impact.

Ungirly: a manifesto

Though I am an AFAB (assigned female at birth) and use the pronouns “she/her”, I have grappled with gender presentation my entire life. As a young child in Sri Lanka, I learned all about what it meant to be a girl...

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The campaign

What is the website for? Why Not? is a new online space for young Australians supported by the YMCA in Australia. Why Not? is for young Australians, by young Australians – it’s a platform to amplify our voices, support...

Have your say

It’s a platform to amplify our voices, support and learn from each other, and resist stereotypes. We have opinions just like everyone else – and we deserve to be heard.

How do you submit content?

Ready to submit your work? Great! You can submit your work via this link Alternatively, if you have hassles accessing the link please email your submission to: whynot@ymca.org.au What kind of content are we looking for...

Will I be paid?

YMCA is committed to paying up to five young people for their contributions each month, for $50 each. From time to time, we may also directly commission work on topical issues! An editorial committee of young people...

How to invoice

For a lot of younger emerging writers, invoicing can be a daunting process. Maybe Why Not? is the first place you’ve written for, and you’re not sure how it all works. That’s OK! Every writer was in this position once...

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