Empower Youth Summit2019-01-07T14:58:30+00:00

Empower Youth Summit, 23-24 February 2019, Broken Bay Sport & Rec

Our Empower Youth Summit will create a space for youth-led discussions of key issues and solutions.

Youth empowerment is our key priority for Barang Regional Alliance: Our region boasts one of the fastest growing Aboriginal populations in Australia. Between 2006 and 2011, the Aboriginal population grew by 56%, with a further 13% increase in 2016. Today, 55% of Aboriginal people in the Central Coast are under 24 years, with a median age of 21, while the comparative median age for non-Indigenous people is 42. This means Aboriginal youth are the next generation of leaders facing unique challenges and opportunities

Young Aboriginal women crouch low to the ground in a danceAims of the Empower Youth Summit

Our goal for the Empower Youth Summit is to improve support for Aboriginal youth in the Central Coast through culture and leadership. We will provide a culturally safe two-day event for 150 Aboriginal youth to develop understanding of the complexities and pathways to improve outcomes and wellbeing in the region.

Aims: To deliver youth-led discussion and activities so Aboriginal youth can consider their collective future direction. Our youth’s ideas will inform the development of Barang’s three-year Youth Plan for Aboriginal people on the Central Coast.


  1. Launch ‘youth’ as Barang’s priority;
  2. Provide a platform for Aboriginal youth in the Central Coast to have their voices heard on the issues they care about; and
  3. Inform the content and recommendations of our three-year Youth Plan.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people sit on a stage with large poster paper in front of themKey themes

Focus for the Summit was identified through Barang’s in-depth surveys with 400 community members. Issues of significance to our young people are:

  1. Culture/ identity
  2. Health and wellbeing
  3. Education
  4. Employment
  5. Homelessness.

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people stand together and talk at an eventJoin us

  • Who can come? We’re looking to sign-up 150 youth aged 13-25 years, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds living on the Central Coast. We have a strong focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, so let us know if you have any support needs
  • How much does it cost? The event is free to youth. Your registration to the event, overnight accomodation, recreational activities, food and travel by bus and ferry to the event will all be covered by our generous sponsors and partners
  • How do you I register? There’s just three easy steps:
    1. Register your details with us online;
    2. Provide us a parental/guardian permission if you’re under 18 years (we’ll be in touch once you register); and
    3. Complete your medical and food preferences form online.
  • Why should you come? Shape your future and other young people’s success in the Central Coast.