Jess (bottom left) volunteering with one of her members

Youth Connect Coordinator to speak at National Conference

We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Kain, the Youth Connect Program Coordinator, has been invited to speak at this year’s National Youth Disability Conference.

The National Youth Disability Conference (NYDC) brings together young people with disabilities, peak bodies, representative organisations, and passionate workers and researchers in the field, from across Australia to:

  • Identify and develop clear actions in relation to priority National issues.
  • Strengthen the voice of young Australians with disabilities.
  • Provide opportunities for service providers, workers, researchers and peak bodies to respond more effectively to the needs of young Australians with disabilities.

Jess came to Inclusion WA in 2011 to develop and manage the Youth Connect Program. The program is for teenagers living with a disability who are currently disconnected from community life. We work equally with young people and the communities they live in, in order to build more welcoming and inclusive communities.

Within three months, Jess had developed a fully operational program delivering outcomes for young people; the program was operating at maximum capacity.

Jess has been instrumental in the success of the Youth Connect, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge on the successes and challenges from the program:

“By sharing our experiences with Youth Connect, I hope to leave delegates more committed to finding and creating truly inclusive communities for our young people to be a part of.” Jess said.

Jess believes that the Youth Connect program is truly unique in that it is a combination of mentoring, youth work and community development and she hopes that workers and other service providers may be able to learn from her experiences and the philosophy of the Program:

“At the core of everything we do is the belief that social inclusion is achievable for each and every person we work with. There is a solution to every barrier and for every unique young person there is an equally unique opportunity available to them.

Jess has worked with thousands of young Western Australians over the past 8 years, working with young people of diverse backgrounds and with a variety of needs. She has worked with young women from rural and regional communities, teenagers experiencing illness and those living with a disability.  Her passion lies in enabling young people to feel good about themselves and achieve goals beyond what they thought possible.

Leave A Comment