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Queensland Youth Engagement Panel

The Queensland Youth Engagement Panel (QYEP) provides young Queenslanders with opportunities to inform decisions that affect their lives.

A key element of the Queensland Youth Strategy is ensuring young people can have their say in shaping relevant government policies, programs and projects. It also sets the vision and priorities for government in improving outcomes for young Queenslanders.

The QYEP is one of our many actions delivering on this commitment to ensure we hear from young Queenslanders. The QYEP will:

  • provide input into the development of the Queensland Youth Engagement Charter
  • inform government on the best ways to engage with young people
  • share their ideas and views on government policies, programs and projects
  • design and deliver a youth project related to a Queensland Youth Strategy priority
  • have a role in shaping Queensland Youth Week.

The panel is chaired by a representative from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. The Minister for Youth will attend meetings subject to her availability.

The panel will meet 3 times a year face-to-face or via Skype with some out-of-session work.

Membership

On 28 February 2019, the Minister for Youth announced the inaugural membership of the QYEP.

This dedicated and diverse group of young people will represent and advance the collective interests of young Queenslanders aged 12 to 25 years.

Members are appointed for a term of 2 years.

The QYEP members for the inaugural term from 2019–2021 are:

Member biographies

Ms Alicia Channell, Toowoomba

Alicia is passionate about helping young people in her community of Toowoomba. She is currently studying to be a paramedic at University and is actively involved in a number of community organisations including Vinnies Youth and The Smith Family. Alicia is a member of the Youth Conference in Toowoomba and uses this platform to share ideas in addressing issues facing isolated young people in the region.

Ms Ayoka Wong, Townsville

Ayoka is an active member of the community and fundraises  for a number of organisations including Orange Sky Laundry, Blue Youth and  Harmony Day. Ayoka attended the UN Summit in New York City as an Australian  representative. She has been awarded a number of scholarships to attend  leadership and youth scholar programs in Queensland and internationally.

Mx Camille Bowman, Brisbane

Camille is passionate about issues facing young people including experiences with the healthcare system and LGBTIQ+.  They volunteer with Open Doors Youth Service, and have delivered a number of speeches and participated on panels about these issues. Camille has an extensive network in Queensland including a range of organisations in Brisbane.

Ms Chantel Moody, Brisbane

Chantel is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at Griffith University and works part-time as a legal receptionist. She was a member of the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament for Redlands in 2016 and 2017 and would like to become a YMCA Youth Executive Member in the future. Chantel is a member of the QFCC Youth Advisory Council and was on the Queensland Anti-cyberbullying Taskforce. Chantel is also passionate about advocating and empowering those with a disability, particularly youth with a disability.

Mr Dominic McCarthy, Mackay

Dominic is a business management student at Central Queensland University and also studies dance teaching with the Australian College of Dance. He has been involved in the performing arts for over a decade, particularly in dance and ballet. Dominic has been recognised for his talents and contributions to the performing arts and uses his passion to empower young people.

He has completed all his ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance, most recently Advanced 2 with Distinction. He also is involved in language studies, having travelled to New Caledonia for a French exchange with the James Cook University Young Explorers of the Tropics program. Dominic was also a Queensland representative at the National Schools Constitutional Convention.

Mr Jayden Parsons, Brisbane

Jayden is completing his Bachelor of Laws though Griffith University while working as the Youth Development Coordinator at YMCA Brisbane.

Through his passion for change and helping young people in Queensland, he has held a number of leadership and ambassador roles including being a member of the YMCA Australia’s Office for Young People, a Global Change Agent for the World Alliance of the YMCA’s and as a mentor for the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.

Jayden also coordinates the YMCA mYnd-pump program focussing on assisting young people in bettering their mental wellbeing through physical activity.

Ms Kate McLennan, Brisbane

Kate recently graduated with degrees in Business and Psychology. She continues to engage in a number of activities to support the health and wellbeing of young people. Kate is twice a survivor of cancer, and uses this lived experience to drive her passion in supporting young people.

Kate has represented Think Pink and spoken at a number of charity events. She has participated in model UN Conferences through universities, and is a member of the Queensland Youth Advisory Group for youth cancer.

Mr Lane Brookes, Roma

Lane is a Mandandanji man from Roma. He is strong advocate for issues impacting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth, health, mental health, education, child safety and particularly those in rural and remote locations.

Lane is a previous participant of and now a facilitator of the Queensland Youth Indigenous Leadership Program. He is also a Democracy Champion for Museum of Australian Democracy and was a 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament Leader.

Ms Maddison Henaway, Brisbane

Maddison is a Juru woman from the Birri Gubba nation. Maddie graduated the Parent Leader Training Institute (PLTI) in December 2016. Since then she has gone on to graduate secondary schooling whilst raising her four year old son. Maddie is an alumni of the 2018 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program and Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Maddie has advocated for families in a number of forums including as a panellist at the 2017 Brisbane Anti-Poverty Week Forum and as a participant in community discussions in the 2018 Close the Gap Refresh consultation in West End. Maddie has commenced a Bachelor of Social Work with aspirations to improve the lives of Indigenous people.

Maddie is a strong supporter and advocate for women to be strong in their culture, and to be engaged in making decisions which effect change. To positively impact their lives, and for those that come after them.

Ms Nadia Saeed, Brisbane

Nadia is undertaking a Bachelor of Business through Griffith University and works as a Youth Worker with YFS.  She is actively involved in volunteering for a range of community organisations including the Islamic Council of Queensland and Human Appeal Australia.

Nadia is has been a participant in the Australian Muslim Youth Summit, YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, Lord Mayors Youth Advisory Council and is a Youth Cyber Safety Advisor.

Mr Tasman Bain, Brisbane

Tasman is a youth advocate with experience in facilitation, project management, and policy analysis including as the Co-Founder of Meri Toksave (a youth-led gender equality initiative in Papua New Guinea) and the Chair of the Australian Red Cross Queensland Youth Advisory Committee.

He has been recognised as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, a Finalist for the 2018 Queensland Young Achiever Award for Leadership, a Finalist of the 2018 UQ Create Change Award, and a Finalist for 2016 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. Tas also studies anthropology at the University of Queensland and is a keen marathoner and debater.

Contact

For further information regarding the QYEP, please email youth@csyw.qld.gov.au