Our Leaders | Youth Insearch

Our Leaders

Youth Insearch program is delivered by extensively trained Youth and Adult Leaders who are held in very high regard.

The Leader’s Graduation Ceremony is conducted by the Governor of NSW at Government House each year. There is an alumnus of hundreds of Youth Insearch Leaders from over 30 years of operation of the program.

Youth Leaders

Youth Leaders are past participants in the program and are positive and real examples to the young participants of what is possible despite a negative background. They play a key role in the delivery of the program. They are responsible for the administration of the weekend workshops and support groups and facilitate various sessions.

Youth Leaders also sit on the Program Council which oversees the design and administration of the program. They have the final say on any changes to the program and on the selection and assessment of Youth Insearch Leaders. To be a Youth Leader a young person must be between 14 and 25 years of age.

Adult Leaders

Adult Leaders are normally drawn from the Support Adults that attend the program with the young people. These are adults from services who work with the young people in a professional capacity. They can also be general members of the community with a demonstrated commitment to the program.

Adult Leaders perform an oversight role on the weekend and facilitate the more in-depth sessions. They recognise the need to be supportive without being intrusive. To be an Adult Leader a person must be over 25 years of age.

Leader Testimonials

Simon | QLD

My involvement with Youth Insearch gave me hope and a new lease at life. It gave me strength to get to where I am and to continue to keep moving forward. Without Youth Insearch I wouldn't have stable accommodation, I wouldn't have stable mental health, and possibly would be dead without the support and hope I got. Youth Insearch as a program is one of the best things I've done in my life and I feel as though it was something that helped me through thick and thin. I feel as though anyone who has the opportunity go through the program will come away with heaps of benefits.

Luke | QLD

Youth Insearch has changed me into a leader of people. It has given me gifts and knowledge that I share in my community to help others and myself and has made me a resilient person that can tackle life’s challenges. Most of all it has allowed me to dream and be passionate. The benefits that I have gained as a volunteer are very powerful, and a real conversation starter when I meet people in my life and speak of Youth Insearch. I also now have skills and knowledge that continue to aid me highly in my journey of life. I have continual hope that Australia’s future looks incredible.

Courtney | NSW

Through the Youth Insearch program I have a new-found respect for not only myself but everyone around me. If I didn't attend this program I don't know where I would be today. Being a part of Youth Insearch has given me a new outlook on life, has taught me to accept myself and who I am, and accept my past and not let it define me. If I hadn't continued going to this program there is no way I would be where I am today. Youth Insearch is an amazing program.

Chloe | VIC

Being a Youth Insearch Leader has given me the opportunity to do many things including travelling interstate, being an active part of both State and National council and participating in strategy planning for the organisation. My involvement with Youth Insearch really has changed my life for the better. I truly believe in myself and my ability to overcome any obstacles that life throws at me. I know I'm a positive role model for others, that they look up to me and that is a really empowering feeling. There aren't enough words in the world to describe how I feel about Youth Insearch. The way they unite and empower young people from a range of diverse backgrounds is just incredible. I am beyond proud to be involved with such an organisation. 

Chiana | VIC

Youth Insearch saved my life. People in the program believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. Before I was involved with the program I hated who I was and Youth Insearch helped me learn to love myself. Becoming a Leader and being able to help people the way the program helped me was by far the best thing I've ever done with my life. I wouldn't be who I am without this program. The love and support I've received from Youth Insearch is incredible. I love this program with all my heart.

Brice | NSW

I became a Youth Insearch Leader because I wanted to be the person everyone else saw in me. I wanted to stand in that circle and inspire change within people. There is one quality I see in every Leader: Passion. Passion is what I believe drives every Leader to do what they do at Youth Insearch. Passion to help young people of all backgrounds and all situations. Passion of young people leading young people. The training to be a Youth Insearch Leader was hard but rewarding. It helped me find myself. I now have an amazing job with in the Disability Sector and I’m willing to take on any challenges.

Aimee | NSW

As a young person I did not see much of a future for myself. Youth Insearch shows young people how to be outstanding community members by giving them role models to encourage and empower them. Being a part of Youth Insearch has given me the resources that I was lacking as a young person to save myself, to grow and to adapt and to change so that I could have the opportunity to do the same for others. Youth Insearch is an incredible organization that provides young people with the opportunity to change their own lives and to become outstanding role models.