YFS’ R4Respect social media brain appointed to statewide Youth Advisory Council

The Queensland Family and Child Commission has appointed YFS’s R4Respect social media officer Tom Rainsford to its new Youth Advisory Council.

Mr Rainsford, of Fairfield, joined the R4Respect program last year and has quickly made his mark, applying his understanding of how the internet affects young Queenslanders to his social media job.

The new council’s first focus is cyberbullying.

“The interactions I have with young people online as well as my experience of growing up gay inform my perspectives on how to deal with issues facing young people,” Mr Rainsford said.

“I am passionate about domestic violence prevention and creating a culture of consent and respect, using social media for social change and as a tool for helping young people create healthy relationships.”

The Youth Advisory Council advocates the voices of children and young people to provide youth perspectives and leadership to the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

The council provides advice to the commissioners on what is important to children and young people in Queensland.

YFS chief executive officer Cath Bartolo was thrilled to see Tom’s knowledge recognised by the commission.

“Tom has quickly impressed us with his know-how of all things internet, especially its impact on young people,” MS Bartolo said.

“He provides thoughtful advice to our youth ambassadors on how they can maximise their messages in social media in ways that appeal to and engage young people.

“I congratulate Tom on his appointment and have no doubts he will be an asset to the Youth Advisory Council.”

On the days he’s not working at YFS, Tom is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and Public Policy at The University of Queensland.

R4Respect is YFS’ education and prevention strategy led by young people in the Logan area to prevent anti-social behaviour and violence.

Thirteen R4Respect youth ambassadors have signed up to create and share messages that promote the values, skills and knowledge needed for respectful relationships.

Who is YFS?

YFS is a not for profit community organisation delivering a range of services to the people of Logan and surrounds. We cater to people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. Started in 1983 to provide support to at risk young people and families, YFS has evolved into a very diverse organisation with a multitude of services delivered in Logan and surrounding areas, including Redlands and the Gold Coast.

For more information contact

Phone: 3826 1500

Judith Hunter
Email: judithh@yfs.org.au

Nathan Francis
Email: nathan@yfs.org.au