Youth Advisory Board

Are you passionate about sexual health and sex education?

 

Do you want to have your say about young people and their sexual health needs?

 

Then this paid opportunity might be for you!

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Call for Expressions of Interest!

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University are convening a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the multi-study project “Building an Integrated Approach to Supporting Sexual Health Promotion and Education among Young People”, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.  This project is hoping to support young people and their needs regarding sexual health and education.

 

The YAB are a diverse group of 10-15 young people aged between 18 and 24 that will meet once every six months to discuss and provide insight on topics of sexual health promotion and education among young people. Importantly, you will help us shape our research and research outcomes!

 

The board will run initially for two years (March 2023-March 2025) with a view to review.

Applications have now closed. We are now in the process of shortlisting for interview.

What do I need to do?

YAB members will meet once every six months for a 1-2 hour online Zoom meeting to provide input on the research project. This can include discussions of being a young person and engaging in sex and sexual health (can be personal lived experience or conversations you’ve had with friends and peers, but doesn’t have to be), providing advice and input on the research project, and collaborating with the research team and research partners on developing recommendations and action plans resulting from the research findings.

Members do need to feel comfortable openly discussing topics with a diverse group of people pertaining to sexual health and sex education. You do not have to discuss your own lived experience, but you are more than welcome to if you’d like! As part of our developing terms of reference, we will develop some protocols to support any members who may experience distress as a result of these conversations. 

 

This can include conversations about:

  • Diverse relationships and intimacies, including respectful relationships

  • Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) and Blood-Borne Viruses (BBVs)

  • Sexual practices, including conversations about pleasure, toys, pornography, and desire

  • Sexual communication (i.e. sexual consent)

  • Reproductive health, such as menstruation, pregnancy, and ejaculation

  • Sexual violence

 
 

 

FAQs

You mentioned this is a paid opportunity?

Yes! Members of the YAB will be compensated for their time on the board via honorarium payments and/or gift cards if preferred. Members will also undergo a two-day training session in Melbourne, Victoria and receive recognition of this training. Flights and accommodation will be covered for members to attend this training!

Can I get more information about the board and/or project? 

Sure! Please check out our developing Terms of Reference that provide a summary of the YAB operations. 

Click here to find out more about our project, research team, research centre, and research partners!

Who is eligible to apply?

Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who reside in Australia can apply.

Do I need to have previous experience?

No previous work experience in these areas is required and people in their final year of school, or recent school leavers are encouraged to apply. It is intended that membership of the YAB will support the development of skills in peer-led sexual health promotion and youth advocacy for young people interested in pursuing future careers or opportunities in fields related to youth advocacy, sexual health, and health promotion.

How can I apply?

Applications have now closed. 

I’m just under 18, can I still apply?

Members need to be between 18 and 24 to participate. However, if you are turning 18 by or before March 2023 you can still apply! Please provide your date of birth if this is the case for you in your EOI.

If I don’t get selected, how else can I be involved?

If you are not selected at this time for the YAB, but are keen for opportunities in the sexual health and promotion spaces, we can link you up with one of our partner organisations who may have opportunities in your relative State/Territory.

 

Application Selection Criteria

We are seeking a diverse range and fair representation of young people across Australia.

 

Our selection criteria will take into consideration:

  • Age

  • Gender and sexuality

  • Multi-cultural and multi-faith background

  • Disabilities, chronic illnesses, and neurodiversities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background

  • Residential areas

  • States and Territories

  • Type of schools attended (TAFE, public, private, religious, independent)

The information you provide will help us best achieve this goal. You will not be assessed on the quality of your responses, as all experiences and expressions of that experience are very important and valid. However, we note that we may receive a significant number of applications. Not being selected for the board is not a reflection on you, but rather, our limited spaces available and need to ensure fair representation.

Contact

I have more questions, who can I contact?

You can get in touch with by email or by our contact form! 

Operations & Terms of Reference

 

Board Operations

  • Comprised of 10-15 diverse group of young people aged 18-24 years interested in sexual health, sex education, and sexual rights, with a mix of experience and no experience in the sector

  • Attend a two-day training course

  • Meet once every six months for 1-2 hours via zoom technology

  • Receive updates on the project

  • Be invited to join smaller working groups pertaining to a particular activity should they wish.

  • Attend the Youth Sexual Health Promotion and Education Summit and Youth Forum at the end of the project

  • 2-year commitment with review

 

Benefits

  • Paid opportunity, members are compensated an honorarium payment of $50 for one hour and $100 for two hours per meeting

  • Complimentary two-day training course (inclusive of flights and accommodation paid for by ARCSHS) around April/May 2023 prior to the first board meeting, with certification to recognise completion of training

  • Additional complimentary training provided by YacVic to support skill development in facilitating and co-chairing board meetings on an ad hoc basis

  •  Complimentary attendance to the Youth Sexual Health Promotion and Education Summit and Youth Forum, with flights and accommodation covered by ARCSHS

 

Responsibilities

  • Attend the two-day training course, summit and forum, and six-monthly meetings

  • Actively participate in discussions pertaining to current issues, wants, and needs of young people and sexual health, sex education, and sexual rights and the research project

  • Advising the research team if you cannot make a meeting

  • Option to join ad hoc working groups working on aspects of the project

 

Terms of Reference

We believe that many elements of the terms of reference should be developed and guided by input from the YAB members. At the two-day training course, we will spend time co-developing the following as part of the terms of reference:

  • Conduct principles (i.e. how we might handle discussions, potential conflicts, and our understanding of integrity and respect)

  • Confidentiality agreements

  • Duty of care (i.e. debrief protocols for potentially difficult conversations)