Young people making a difference in the inner west

MAD YOUTH is a group of passionate 15 – 24 year olds from the inner west of Melbourne with the aim of making a difference in their community.

Youth unemployment, the refugee crisis, environmental issues and mental health are our four key pillars of focus, which we feel are prominent in the minds of young people today.

Through events, fundraising and community projects, we aim to create greater awareness around these key areas and make a difference today and in the future.

In our first year, we have focused on building our foundations and making connections. We wanted to have a clear consensus on what we felt was vital top work on and how to engage with people and groups in the inner west to fit under our four pillars.

One of our first actions was fundraising through sausage sizzles at Footscray Finds Market and a weekly coffee cart at West Footscray Roosters Football Club where we raised funds for “Do It In A Dress” and “R U OK? Day”

MAD Youth has also built a strong connection with the youth of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Through meeting some of the members of the ASRC, we learnt that they were keen to learn more about Australian culture and people – what better way than taking them to a Western Bulldogs footy game!

“Personally, I’ve enjoyed the connections I’ve made not just within MAD Youth but outside the group. I’ve enjoyed hearing what the youth in our community are passionate about and how, as a group, we can help our peers. ” – Anaya