Do you want to improve your understanding of the law?
Are you willing to share that knowledge with the Inner West Sydney community?
Applications are now open for Youth Justice Ambassador paid positions
About Marrickville Legal Centre
Marrickville Legal Centre is a not-for-profit community legal centre based in Marrickville, working across New South Wales. As a generalist legal centre, MLC offers holistic support to people often overlooked by our legal system by providing free legal and related services while advocating for equal access to justice and protecting human rights. Our vision is to help people forward towards better and fairer outcomes and create access to justice for us all.
About the Youth Justice Ambassador Program
The Youth Justice Ambassador Program (YJAP) is a capacity-building and training program that aims to upskill young people (aged 18 – 25) from diverse backgrounds in Sydney’s Inner West to improve access to justice through community participation and inclusion.
Participants will benefit by learning about various areas of law from our solicitors and guest speakers and will be supported to develop targeted community legal education for young people. Participants will undertake seven half-day workshops which will equip them to research, plan and deliver education sessions and resources to share with their own communities.
Participants should be available to attend all seven workshops from 9.30am to 1.00pm and a final Showcase/Graduation event on the following dates:
Monday 16 October 2023 – Housing
Monday 6 November 2023 – Employment
Friday 1 December 2023 – Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence
Friday 16 February 2024 – Police Powers and Criminal Law
Friday 15 March 2024 – Healthy Relationships
Friday 12 April 2024 – Credit and Debt
Friday 17 May 2024 – Facilitation and Presentation Skills /Preparation
Friday 14 June 2024 – Showcase / Graduation event
PLUS at least one peer education workshops between July-October 2024 – the date to be agreed between the Youth Solicitor and the Ambassador.
YJAP will take place across various locations in the Inner West and Sydney.
Participants who complete all seven workshops and the final Showcase/Graduation event will qualify to become Youth Justice Ambassadors who will deliver at least one Peer Education Workshop between July and October 2024. Certificates of Completion will be available upon successful completion of the workshops and delivery of the Peer Education Workshop.
YJAP is a program that is funded by Inner West Council.
How to apply
In their application, applicants should describe their connection to the Inner West community through, for example, residence, work, study or volunteering. Applicants should also respond to the following three questions in their cover letter:
1. Discuss your demonstrated understanding of and commitment to social justice issues, particularly those impacting young people.
2. Describe your demonstrated ability to lead within your community (examples: cultural, educational, religious or sporting groups).
3. What is one of your biggest strengths that could assist you in succeeding as a Youth Justice Ambassador?
Young people (aged 18 – 25) are encouraged to apply.
Applications close at 11.59 pm on Sunday, 17 September 2023.
Successful applicants are required to be available for an interview between 20-29 September 2023.