Australia’s diverse and dynamic generation of young people are a significant resource (Section 1). To reach their full potential however, they will need to be prepared to take on the opportunities created by a changing world.
Australia’s best future lies with a generation of young people that can create a prosperous and equitable society. This means a society with a strong economy, and therefore standard of living, but also a strong social/civic culture that ensures a high quality of life. To rise to the challenge, young people will need to be confident and develop skills that make them enterprising and innovative. They will need to be linked into global networks. They will need experience in both the world of work and the arenas of social action, community contribution and leadership. If prepared, they will be job creators rather than job seekers. They will also be change-makers that can reform business and local, national and global governance to overcome global challenges, create new opportunities and build caring and valued communities.
We need to invest in young people. We need to prepare them for the future of work and to contribute and lead change in our communities. Our collective role is to support young people and believe in their capacity to envision and create the nation and world in which they want to live and work. FYA backs young people. We are relentlessly optimistic about their capabilities and support them to develop their ideas, enterprise skills and global connections and to gain experience so they are equipped to build a strong future.