Our Story

Youth Verdict is a coalition of diverse young Queenslanders from all around the state who are united by a common mission to use the law to fight for youth justice. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young people in Queensland are facing multiple challenges today, from job security in a casualised workforce and gig economy to climate impacts, happening right now across the state.

 

In late 2019, a team of young Queenslanders from all across the state founded Youth Verdict to advocate for the rights of our generation. 

 

We are all from different backgrounds. 

 

We stand in solidarity with First Nations people, committed to the fight for cultural rights and Country. 

 

We are young, regional Queenslanders who have experienced climate impacts of floods, drought and bushfires first hand. 

 

We are from the Far North, where we see the climate-fueled destruction of the Reef and seek jobs in long-term, sustainable industries like renewables and tourism. 

 

We represent different faith groups, different cultures and different life experiences. 

 

But we are united by the need to fight for intergenerational equality and the human rights of young people and First Nations youth.

Our Mission

We're young people using the law to fight for our human rights and climate justice in Queensland. 

We aim to create an equitable and accessible space for young people across QLD to participate in cultivating First Nations, social and environmental justice, by using the legal system and leveraging political power to challenge human rights breaches and to advocate for the protection of human rights.

We want to build strong connections between communities and organisations across the movement in this state to work towards the shared vision of a just and sustainable world. 

Our Vision

At the core of our vision, we see connected and powerful communities as integral to the society we want to build; where those who are most affected are empowered to make decisions for their communities.  

Our current system prioritises big business and profits for the few at the expense of the masses. It needs to change.

 

We believe in a society that fosters sustainable and non-exploitative production to meet individual’s needs, and more holistically, benefits the collective wellbeing of humans and the land. To achieve this, we must first recognise that injustices relating to First Nations people, other marginalised communities and environmental degradation are all inextricably linked.

 

We stand in solidarity with First Nations people and their rights to land, culture and other affairs.

 

We seek transformative justice, where those who have profiteered from extractivism and exploitation are held accountable for their actions, and the concentration of power and wealth in the margins of society is distributed. 

 

We envision self-managed and powerful communities where equity and the human rights of all are upheld. 

 

We aim to connect young people from all across QLD, advocating for and education on culture and land rights, the environment and workers’ rights.  Building a world where we are all free regardless of our race, gender or sexuality.

 

We believe in freedom to education and information relating to human rights and aim to build a platform to allow young people to step up and have their voices heard.

 

Through this, we intend to shape the decisions and policy of today, to safeguard the rights of future generations.

Our Values

Centring leadership of First Nations people and communities.  We actively centre leadership, demands and sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the fight for justice. We act in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities towards decolonisation, self-determination and land rights.

 

Acting in solidarity always. We act in solidarity with First Nations people as well as across the social justice movement, because our liberation is tied up with the liberation of all people.  We act in solidarity with those fighting for disability rights, queer rights, worker rights and all movements fighting for justice. We act in solidarity with climate and fossil fuel front line communities and workers.

 

Transformative Justice. We fight for solutions to injustices that address the root causes of systemic oppression and break down systems of power upholding those oppressive systems.  We must unpack those systems as they manifest around us and internally and that gives us different levels of privilege in this space. 

 

Accountability and growth. We take responsibility for our actions and our mistakes and hold space for each other to be accountable, grow and learn.  It is okay to fail, and we fail fast, reflect and learn from our mistakes; always working to be and do better in our fight for a just and safe future. 

 

Radical inclusion, care and community.  We actively work to unlearn our biases and build a community on trust and empathy that is inclusive and open to all genders, races, abilities and backgrounds.  We have radical love for ourselves, our communities and the planet because that is how we challenge the systems of power that seek to keep us divided. 

Agency, autonomy and self-determination. We all have the right to our own agency autonomy and self-determination, as individuals and communities and we actively seek to empower each other to lead in the areas of our own experience, specifically Bla(c)k and PoC communities and individuals whose voices are regularly silenced and omitted, but are the most qualified to lead us to a just and equitable future.  

We acknowledge that while living and working in Queensland, we are on the stolen lands of First Nations people. We recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging; and to the customs, laws and traditions that have existed on this continent for thousands of years.