youth reference group

Become a Youth Reference Group

The YRG is a group of volunteers aged 16-25 who care about youth mental health. The YRG is ongoing and evolving group that brings new people together every year to advocate on current events important to their community. The YRG does two things:

1.YRG as youth advocates

headspace Goulburn (hsG) & headspace Yass (hsY) is a service for young people. Because of this, youth perspectives and participation are really important; enter the YRG!

The YRG makes important decisions at hsG & hsY, helps with our strategic direction and consults with headspace Yass on what young people need.

For example, the YRG might guide changes made to our services, office, resources or website, help decide how we spend donations and interview potential staff.


2. YRG as community engagement

 The YRG also helps link headspace to the community, and vice versa! They do this by:

  • Meeting other organisations to give a youth perspective.
  • Running our social media.
  • Running headspace Day - our major annual event!
  • Running stalls at community events and festivals.
  • Attending an annual camp with other headspace YRGs.


The YRG also:

  • Has it's own goals and projects that we support.
  • Stays in touch via Facebook messenger.
  • Has meetings two weeks a month.
  • Gets training such as Mental Health First Aid


Who are we looking for?

people who:

  • are aged 16-25
  • live in or around Yass
  • are passionate about mental health and young people in their community.

We are keen to hear from people who:

  • are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  •  are from diverse cultural or language backgrounds.
  •  are LGBTQIA+
  •  have had a hard time with alcohol or drug use in the past.
  •  have had unstable housing.
  •  are Young men and NB masculine.

What will I learn?

heaps of stuff! here are just some of it!

  • access training, development and networking opportunities that you can add to your resume.
  • meet and work with other young people who are also passionate about youth mental health.
  • develop skills around community engagement, resource development, social media, photography and critical reflection.
  • make a difference to youth mental health in your community.

what's the time commitment?

  • we stay in touch frequently and meet 2 weeks of each month.
  • we have a full day for planning and team building.
  • 2.5 days for our annual YRG Camp.
  • Possible interview panels and reporting meetings essential to the continuation of our service.
  • events and outreach throughout the year.

 what are the costs involved?

  • this is a volunteer role but we will pay you up to $38 an hour for specific events or meetings.

 who will I be working with?

  • an awesome team of 10-15 young people and the community engagement worker.

 what if I don’t have experience?

  • that’s ok! we can support you to learn!

How do I apply:

fill out the application here:



and return the form to either headspace Goulburn or Yass Centres or email it to our Community Engagement Officers;

headspace Goulburn - Esther Ramsay -

headspace Yass - Kelly Mather -