"Include youth in decision-making and planning processes, empower, enable, educate and elevate young people by sharing responsibility, power and decision-making in genuine partnership, and work together as a Federation to address the urgent need to support youth development at regional and national levels".
--- The Youth Declaration of the Red Cross 3rd World Youth Meeting in Solferino, June 2009.
At Australian Red Cross, the National Board established the National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) as a sub-committee of the Board to connect with young people as future leaders and key contributors to the future of Australian Red Cross. NYAC has 10 elected youth members including one elected youth representative from each state and territory.
The National Youth Advisory Committee is supported by eight State and Territory Youth Advisory Committees.
The National Australian Red Cross Board has also engaged an elected youth member to sit on the National Board and the National Council alongside the President, CEO and other board members.
Photo: Australian Red Cross/Rodney Dekker
A youth representative is a person who is under the age of 30 years r who represents the young volunteers, members and/or community members in their state or territory.