Casey is a senior lawyer at an international firm. Casey is a Board Director at YMCA Victoria and Chair of Youth Affairs Subcommittee and Risk Subcommittee. She contributes to the strategic direction of the Y, ensuring the organisation delivers on its mission.

Young person message



It is difficult to discuss 2021 without acknowledging the very real challenges faced by many of our staff, volunteers and community members. I do not want to gloss over this and I specifically want to acknowledge how very difficult it has been for so many of our people at the Y. Whether you're a Y swim instructor at Wantira Kingswim, a camp leader at Camp Manyung, a childcare educator at Derrimut YMCA Early Learning Centre or a member of our shared services team at our head office in Box Hill – this year has thrown a series of obstacles. I want to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their incredible resilience, strength and commitment.

As well as being a Director on the Board of YMCA Victoria, I am also the Chair of the Youth Affairs Subcommittee. 2021 is our first full year of operation and I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved. The Youth Affairs Subcommittee was created to embed a youth voice in the decision-making process at the Y Victoria.

This year, the Youth Affairs Subcommittee asked itself some hard questions, trying to understand how we can add value to the governance process at the Y without adding in another layer of bureaucracy that does not meaningfully contribute to YMCA Victoria’s mission. After a consultation process, the Youth Affairs Subcommittee has reformulated its terms of reference to clearly articulate its purpose.

 

 

Firstly, we recognise our role in advocating for both youth internally within YMCA Victoria and externally within the community. Secondly, we considered that the Youth Affairs Subcommittee should play a key role in the formulation of YMCA Victoria's Youth Strategy and monitor its implementation and impact and hold the organisation to account. The Youth Affairs Subcommittee’s terms of reference will also see the subcommittee approve business cases from within the youth sector and have input into business cases from across the Y, where we perceive a youth lens will add value to the decision-making process.

This year, the Youth Affairs Subcommittee has also been proud to be a part of the formulation of YMCA Victoria's Youth Strategy. Some of the key initiatives of the Youth Strategy which we’re particularly excited about include the work being done around evidence-based social impact measurements – this will ensure that the Y maximises its ability to achieve its mission. The youth sector will also partner with the Y’s business units and shared service functions to understand and respond to the needs of the Y’s young people. Additionally, following feedback, the Youth Strategy will support the Y to maximise its impact by partnering with like-minded subject matter experts. I am really excited that the Youth Affairs Subcommittee will continue its work in monitoring the implementation of the Youth Strategy to ensure that YMCA Victoria achieves its full potential. 

It has been such a privilege to be a part of the Y’s journey this year. I am very proud of all that YASC and the Y has achieved over the last 12 months and I hope that we can continue to work together to empower young people to amplify their voice, contribute to better community outcomes and be a positive force for change in the world.” Casey Majchrzak, Board Director at YMCA Victoria and Chair of Youth Affairs Subcommittee and Risk Subcommittee.

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