ABOUT
YEMPOWER

We are a member and community based Social Enterprise with ethical practices, social responsibility, and positive change makers at our core. YEmpower was founded in 2020 and since then we have grown into a community of over 50 aligned and connected individuals, mentors and mentees. 

We have run countless workshops on everything from job readiness to consent education, mindfulness and goal setting.

Our first year saw us develop our programs, initiatives and systems based upon core needs and foundational basics, like job readiness and advocacy education.

Our second year saw us redefine our focus to centre around interpersonal relationships and how we each interact with the world. We had crucial conversations around consent education, boundary setting, empathy and community clean ups.

This year is our third year and already we are evolving into having crucial conversations about the relationships we have with ourselves.

 

Our bus is driven by the needs of our community, with monthly meetings held to ensure that our community is transparent, consultative and collaborative. 

YEmpower as imagined by Jacinta Rochcouste

“This is such a critical time to be pulling focus into building stronger communities amongst young people, where real human connection and communication is fostered, and positive collaboration is taught as a practical tool for personal and societal growth. 

 

This is the ethos of YEmpower, an organisation dedicated to building confidence in young Australians with mentoring programs and a safe community for transitioning into the perplexing world of adulthood. 

 

YEmpower and I have come together in the past few weeks to re-create branding that evokes strength, growth, togetherness and passion - all of the values they represent; all of the values they aim to instill in the young people they interact with through their work.

 

I am thankful to have played a small part in this journey and I wish the organisation all the best in making this world a more bearable place for many in the current climate”.

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At YEmpower, we believe Young Australians are being left in the lurch. If every young Australian who had lost their job since March was counted as officially unemployed  the youth unemployment rate would be 26.5 per cent. Whilst some will rush to blame COVID-19, Youth unemployment before the pandemic was more than double the national unemployment rate. Action needed to be taken then and it needs to be taken NOW.

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Our Story

Many of us have experienced apathy, loss, injustice and fears of not-enoughness through our experiences at work and within traditional understandings of growth. After experiencing the worst a poorly ideated, mentored and supported career path could offer, one of our co-founder's Ness - decided to turn her experiences into change. YEmpower was born as everything our co-founders wish was available to us when we we're 17, but wasn't.

Since our creation in 2020, We have run countless workshops on everything from job readiness to consent education, mindfulness and goal setting.

 

Our first year saw us develop our programs, initiatives and systems based upon core needs and foundational basics, like job readiness and advocacy education.

 

Our second year saw us redefine our focus to centre around interpersonal relationships and how we each interact with the world. We had crucial conversations around consent education, boundary setting, empathy and community clean ups.

 

This year is our third year and already we are evolving into having crucial conversations about the relationships we have with ourselves

 

Our bus is driven by the needs of our community, with monthly meetings held to ensure that our community is transparent, consultative and collaborative. ​​

Community, career knowledge, mentoring and educational support is not often easily accessible to us as young people. In fact in worst cases - it comes gatekept with many barriers to implementation and integration in our own lives. 

According to Burn Bright, 30% of young people felt like they didn’t have an adult to look up to or admire and a further 85% of students felt nervous about their futures, At YEmpower we believe we need to do more to change these statistics and help young Australians plan for their futures.

We have created a series of programs, workshops, policies and frameworks to support our vibrant and growing community. To ensure that our community and its members have the space to create and be the kind of society we know the future holds. A society wherein which young Australians are given the tools they need to succeed, thrive and grow.

What We Want:

Community Building and Mentorship

We have never been more connected through the Internet and Social media, however most young people have never felt more alone. 1 in 3 Young Australians between the ages of 18 – 25 reported problematic levels of loneliness, in a report commissioned by Victorian Health.

 

At YEmpower we believe it is up to us to build a national community that is focused on building mentor-ship opportunities and connecting Young People across Australia. We are stronger when we lift each other up. You can sign up to YEmpower as a mentor, mentee or member and our free online members group is an unlimited source of support. You can join here.

Knowledge, Skills and Resource Sharing

Information and educational opportunities need to be more accessible and freely shared within our communities.

 

We at YEmpower believe that knowledge and resource sharing is the key to giving Young Australians the confidence and the tools to achieve their goals, aspirations, and potential.

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Professional Development

Most Secondary Career Development Education models are often under-resourced and ill informed as to what Young Australians want to learn in order to aid them in their Post School endeavours.

 

At YEmpower we create easy and interactive programs, workshops and applications, developed in collaboration with Young Australians, for Young Australians. At YEmpower, we believe knowledge is power and the means to restore the confidence of Young Australians in the face of all challenges they may experience.

Advocacy and Empathy Education

Many Young Australians enter the workforce without the tools to fight for their rights in the workplace. Young people are over-represented in insecure and casual work and there is no real education for Young Australians on their rights at work.

At YEmpower we plan to teach Young Australians about empathy and advocacy, key knowledge that the YPower facilitators, mentors and members wish they were taught before entering the workforce. You can join YEmpower here.