Our Highway
Youth Facilitators

Meet these amazing young people

Our Highway Youth Facilitators are the reason we can do what we do. Through transformational group sessions and workshops, they help young people from across Australia find belonging and work towards their most authentic self.

MEET OUR HIGHWAY YOUTH FACILITATOR 2021 COHORT

What is a Highway Youth Facilitator?

“We act according to the image we create for ourselves. We behave in ways which reinforce who we want to be.
Therefore helping young people to have a positive and authentic self-image of themselves and have inspiring goals that energise them is so important.
 
A Highway Youth Facilitator is a very special person. They help young people feel belonging and inspire them to become the best version of themselves, through transformational and inspiring group sessions and workshops. They would have fulfilled the rigorous Highway Youth Facilitator’s Accreditation which encompasses youth wellbeing, coaching and mental health first aid.
 
They work with young people aged 10 to 24 years of age to talk about things that are important and inspire them to take action in their life. Highway Foundation bring groups of similar young people together online across Australia led by a Highway Youth Facilitator. Our Highway Youth Facilitators have the gift for listening. They hold a safe space without judgement so young people can speak their truth. By focusing on a young person’s journey through the day to day experiences and conversations of their life – we can help young people to see what inspires them and makes them feel more excited about life.
 
Young people can therefore find the path that feels right for them to follow. During these conversations they can also reflect on what might be holding them back from being the best version of themselves. With greater clarity, self-awareness and the support of other young people in their group who are on the same journey – transformational change can happen!
 
WHAT WE ARE AND WHAT WE ARE NOT.
HIGHWAY YOUTH FACILITATORS ARE COMPANIONS.
We walk next to each young person. Holding authentic safe spaces for young people to journey and reflect on their lived experiences. We allow them to grow, to safely reflect and find their true self without fear of judgement or rejection. We help young people hear themselves. What greater gift is there than to be truly understood?
 
HIGHWAY YOUTH FACILITATORS ARE NOT COUNSELLORS OR CRISIS SUPPORT
We do not discuss or provide advice on mental distress for young people. We do not treat mental illness because there are a lot of exceptional dedicated services such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue who already excel in supporting mental illness.
 
HIGHWAY YOUTH FACILITATORS ARE NOT COACHES.
We don’t walk behind young people and push them to achieve or act.
 
HIGHWAY YOUTH FACILITATORS ARE NOT MENTORS.
We don’t walk in front of young people to show them the way or give direction but if they decide they want more self-development we have a lot of resources and workshops to support them. We meet young people where they are at and help them to work things out for themselves. It’s not our story or journey – it’s theirs.

Highway's Commitment to You

Your journey and personal growth is everything to us. You can only give what you receive. At Highway Foundation, we believe your personal growth and development is paramount. Only when you are at your best can you bring the best to our young people. To that end, professional wellbeing training, personal development and ongoing supervision and companionship of your own personal journey is the hallmark of our organisation. This is a unique volunteer position where we invest into your personal growth.

You are not just a facilitator to us but we want to know you as a person and encourage the best in your own personal life journey. As you grow with us, you will find Highway Foundation a true place of belonging and connection for you. As you uncover the best in you, you will do so journeying with your fellow cohort of Highway Youth Facilitators. Together you will share an amazing and unique bond. 

TRAINING COMMITMENT.
We are investing a lot in you. To ensure the quality delivery of our programs we have to bring the best out in you. To do that, we put you through the Highway Youth Facilitator Accreditation. The hallmark of a Highway Youth Facilitator is commitment and reliability. Showing up is the foundation of everything we do. 
 

Keen to join us next year?

REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR FACILITATORS:
* Aged 18 -25 years * Natural ability to listen and empathise * Leadership skills
* Sense of self and quiet confidence * Reliable, resilient and committed * Love to learn
* Integrity and wonderful people skills * Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 * Ability to attend all training
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR OUR 2023 COHORT

Would you like to get inspired about your life?

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If you would like to explore what’s going on for you today, then just jump on! You will be welcomed to a safe, warm, non-judgemental space where you can be yourself and uncover what is important to you.