We put young people at the centre of complex problems to design the future

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Our Services

We are working to build a workforce of young people thriving in the gig economy, bringing fresh perspectives, to design the future. We tackle inequality by placing young people with different lived experiences and technical expertise at the centre of re-generating institutions in every sector and every system.

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Co-design and Facilitation

We put YLab Associates, young people with lived experience and clients together to solve complex problems.

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Learning and Development

We give young people a leg up by providing immersive, relevant and practical learning and training experiences.

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Strategy

We put young people at the centre of designing and implementing strategies within organisations and across systems.

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First Nations

We provide a platform for young mob to be agents for change in creating new self-determined solutions.

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Creative Services

We make content that reaches out and reflects young people. Our creative services include video production, creative direction, editorial, copywriting, marketing, and design.

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Research and Insights

We find out what young people want and need to navigate an uncertain future.

Our Work

We bring co-design and systems thinking approaches to regenerating institutions in every sector and every system.

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You, Me & Money

RMIT, Today Design and YLab came together to design a solution to support young people build financial capability in their relationships.

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YLab Wollotuka

Creating a First Nations Associate model at the Wollotuka Institute

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What we've been up to

Learn about our recent achievements and internal projects.

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2020 Year in Review Report

In our YLab Year in Review, we use survey and project data to look back at our 2020 successes and impact, detail case studies of some of our most important work, and meet all the young people who made it all happen.

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Deadly Democracy

Deadly Democracy is a First Nations youth program that builds participants' skills, networks and inspiration to lead change in their communities. pplications have now closed.

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Co-design Challenge

YLab established the COVID-19 co-design challenge to understand the challenges young people are facing within the context of COVID-19 and design innovative solutions to these problems.

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Words from our people

Employment Can Be More Than Just a Job

What if we dreamed big and designed employment to bring out young people's passion, skills, and ideas - increasing their connection to community, professional networks and enabling continuous learning opportunities in the process? Driven by a purposeful ‘why’, employment-focused social enterprises can have the power to address unemployment challenges by doing things differently.

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Test, Adapt, Repeat: How to co-design online

5 Lessons learnt from the YLab Co-design challenge: With social isolation measures in place, our usual face to face workshops had to be adjusted. So, butcher’s paper, sharpies and a gratuitous amount of post-it notes were substituted for completely virtual spaces. From the many lessons learnt from this process, here were 5 insights that will help anyone looking to facilitate online

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Reconciliation – Making space and acknowledging privilege

The world is currently looking for a new way forward. First Nations communities across Australia and the globe hold many of the answers, and many Australians are beginning to adopt some of these cultural systems and ways of being like never before. 

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The role of resilience in times of crisis

COVID-19 is testing people to the depths of their capabilities. We are seeing how people across the world respond when pushed to seemingly impossible limits. From frontline health workers, people caring for themselves and loved ones in unprecedented circumstances, and government and businesses making decisions which involve trillions of dollars and will impact the livelihood of billions. 

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Our Clients

Our clients recognise the unique value of Australia’s young people in generating positive systems change.

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Client Testimonials

Working with YLab really opened my eyes to what true co-design is - especially when it comes to young people and what they need. I would never do another project with young people without YLab.

RMIT University

YLab is one of the few organisations investing in youth driven initiatives in Australia and around the world. Our partnership allowed our team to learn how to effectively develop initiatives designed by young people and gave us a thorough understanding of the co-design process. The YLab team is a joy to work with and each member brings so much expertise, empathy and enthusiasm to each conversation.

Miracle Foundation

YLab thoroughly supported our engagement with young people. Their professionalism and strong understanding of the cohort of participants helped make the engagement very meaningful for both the participants and our organisation.

Creative Victoria

In the complicated environment that was 2020, the team from YLab proved themselves to be responsive, understanding, flexible, adaptive and professional. This resulted in a quality outcome that could pave the way for future projects.

Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

It's always a pleasure to work with YLab. The team have an easygoing but professional approach which helps to build a trusting and successful partnership.

Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network

Our People

Our team bring multidisciplinary skills, future-focused ideas and different lived experience to meet challenges head on.

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WE PUT YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE CETRE OF COMPLEX PROBLEMS TO DESIGN THE FUTURE.

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