Facilitating connections and conversations between young people, community groups and organisations to define and solve challenges, and to improve the way they engage with young people.
Western YLab’s model for co-design brings together those with lived and technical expertise to design solutions to complex problems. Facilitators are equipped to deliver engaging workshops for groups of any size.
Giving young people a leg up by providing immersive, relevant and practical learning and training experiences
Supporting young people to access the services that help them unearth and pursue their self-determined aspirations.
Our work is backed by the Foundation for Young Australians New Work Order research series which looks at the major forces affecting the future of work, young people and our systems. We harness research and data insights to find out what young people want and need to navigate an uncertain future.
We flip power dynamics by putting young people in the driver’s seat of this work. Associates across Melbourne's West bring their multidisciplinary skills, future-focused ideas and different lived experiences ready to train and engage other young people
Partner with clients and local young people to drive this work with their lived-experiences
Using systems thinking and co-design
A range of services tailored to different organisational needs and context
Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Project BrIMPACT is funded through a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and in-kind support from Brimbank City Council as part of the Regional Employment Trials program.
Brimbank City Council
The Brimbank Virtual Learning Bootcamp was a 5-week program intended to create a new learning and development model for local young people in Brimbank as a response to COVID-19.
Brimbank City Council
Brimbank City Council engaged YLab to design and develop the Brimbank Youth Job Strategy. The purpose of the Brimbank Youth Jobs Strategy was to create a new way for effectively considering and responding to high youth unemployment rates in Brimbank.
The Reimagining Youth Engagement in Wyndham Strategy is designed to strengthen the partnership between young people and Victoria Police so that young people can safely share their priorities for police in Wyndham.
In collaboration with Victoria University (VU), the Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project brings together 15 young people as ‘co-researchers’ from across Victoria to form a creative research collective, using art as a medium for social change and innovation.
Above image by workshop participant, DocG.
Western YLab is funded by Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMST) for 2020 - 2022
We'd love to chat with you about how we can collaborate. If you'd like assistance from Western YLab on your next project, get in touch with us via our contact form.