This past year Alpha Youth has been able to expand our positive partnership opportunities with other ministries. Alpha Youth Australia has the privilege of being on mission with new and ongoing partners, including: Youth Alive, Mustard Schools, Scripture Union, VETA, National Evangelisation Teams (Catholic), Children’s Ministry Network (CMN), Catholic Education Offices, Christian Education in Schools and many more.
WE EXIST TO SERVE THE YOUTH &
YOUTH LEADERS OF AUSTRALIA
Alpha Youth exists to champion those who champion young people. Every day heroes of the faith walk the school corridors and make countless late-night Maccas runs each Friday after youth.
We strive to make it easy to invite young people to explore faith through Alpha Youth by providing new promotional resources that can be shared with one click; posters, graphics, videos, digital invitations, etc.
The students of our world today who are currently at school and university are affectionately called the connected generation.
Generation Z are the largest generation ever, comprising around 20% of Australia’s population.
They are the first fully global generation, shaped in the 21st century, connected through digital devices, and engaged through social media.
As a result of digital technology, Gen Z is more connected than any generation in history, and as a result, are shaped by the influence of their peers and have the desire to engage in authentic conversations and relationships.
Alpha Youth created a brand new series this year - Life Essentials - to create opportunities for those sometimes messy conversations around the challenges young people are facing and to spark an authentic opportunity for young people to share with their peers, the reality of who Jesus is to them.
BORN 1995 - 2009
No, we didn’t coin the term (our friends at McCrindle did), but we aren’t mad at it.
As the first members of this new generation begin their teenage years, we are developing strategies and planning content to reach them with the gospel.
Research shows that the next generation is far more likely to engage their friends in a conversation around faith rather than invite them to an event. If our only strategy for evangelisation is event-based, we are missing out on an amazing opportunity to equip young people to share their faith experiences with others and to engage in spiritual conversations.
Building connections across traditions
Our team hosted 15 regional network gatherings, connecting leaders across traditions and denominations for prayer and encouragement, unified in our shared mission of evangelisation.
We have been able to expand positive partnerships with other ministries and leverage the sizable audience base of these groups. New and ongoing partners include: Youth Alive, Mustard Schools, Scripture Union, VETA, National Evangelisation Teams (Catholic), CMN (Children’s Ministry Network), Catholic Education Offices, Christian Education in Schools and many more.
Coaching & Youth Workshops
Alpha Youth hosted multiple workshops to equip and upskill youth leaders on topics such as; Youth Design & Marketing, Building Resilience in Young People and Alpha Youth 101.
In 2022, these were run across both regional and urban locations in Australia, including: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, as well as regional and rural areas across NSW, VIC, WA and QLD. In total, our team has facilitated 117 coaching and training events across 7 States and Territories in 2022.
Life Essentials by Alpha Youth is an Australian series made by Aussie young people for Aussie young people.
This series was created as a bridging tool, a ‘Pre-Alpha’ Youth Series, designed to spark faith conversations with friends. An entire Life Essentials session can be run in under 20 minutes during a lunchtime break and can be streamed on any device.
This ongoing series of short online videos, created & produced wholly in Australia, started with four episodes about; Ghosting, Stress, Good & Evil and Originals. They were filmed across Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales, featuring interviews with students and experts like Olympic high jumper Nicola McDermott. To celebrate the release of Life Essentials, we threw a hybrid Online Launch Party in August 2022, with special guest Dan Blythe.
These first four episodes were streamed 1,290 times before the end of the year - An average of 258 episodes streamed each month. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from students, youth pastors and schools, we got to work producing four new episodes, released in March 2023.
The new episodes explore the topics of; Future, Fame, Labels and Tribes, featuring more high-profile guests such as Melbourne-based fashion influencers Twice Blessed (157K Instagram followers) and global YouTubers How Ridiculous (with an online community of 17.6 Million on YouTube).
AYS x AUS
Alpha Youth Series with Australian Street Talks
In early 2022 we produced and released an updated Alpha Youth Series with new ‘Australian Street Talks’ segments. Capturing the thoughts and opinions of a diverse range of Aussie young people around the nation further contextualised the content, increasing the relevance and engagement of Australian young people with this fresh content.
“OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE UPDATED AUSTRALIAN CONTENT. THEY LOVE SEEING PLACES THEY RECOGNISE AND HEARING ACCENTS THAT ARE FAMILIAR TO THEM. IT'S REALLY HELPED OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ENGAGE MORE DEEPLY WITH ALPHA AND ENTER INTO MORE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS”
- Australian Chaplain (Brisbane)