YEP Events

The YEP! Event involves groups of 20 teens coming together for a one day youth-led event involving:

  • a personally challenging activity
  • a professional IBD advocate speaker, and
  • experienced peers (mentors) that have recent lived experience of adolescent IBD.

The speaker and mentors are selected CCA supporters and volunteers that provide valuable support and guidance in sharing their experiences in managing their illness throughout their teen years.

They will discuss topics relating to issues that teens with IBD face, such as part-time work, peer group support, managing the final years of high school and transitioning to tertiary education/training/work.

An Amazing Race, Acrobatics, Tree-Top Climb, or Escape Room type activity is also run on the day. This fosters group communication, teamwork, decision making and relationship building between participants and their peers.

Upcoming Events

YEP! Sydney High Noon Escape Hunt

Date: 8th October 2023

Time: Arrivals from 11:30am (12pm start)

Venue: Sydney CBD

CCA is happy to invite young people from NSW aged 12-17 years old living with IBD to participate in the YEP! Event (Youth Empowerment Program). Meet your peers, mentors and turn into a detective, a wizard or a secret service agent and solve a mystery together with your teammates in one of the exciting game rooms at Escape Hunt located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. CCA will reimburse the travel costs for participants from rural and remote areas of NSW wanting to take part in the event.


“The best part of YEP! was hearing that I am not alone, talking about experiences with others, finding out ways to manage it through life”
– YEP! attendee

“I just wanted to thank the people involved in organizing the day at Latitude. My daughter had a fantastic time and was so grateful to finally meet some other people with Crohn’s disease, who understood what she is going through”
– Parent of YEP! attendee

Check out the fun at our previous YEP! events in the photos below!

In Pics: YEP! Melbourne 2019

On Wednesday 10 April, CCA’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!) for young people with IBD came to Melbourne. Participants heard from peers on how to manage their IBD through school, part-time work and university, as well as taking part in fantastic activities at Latitude, including trampolining, rock climbing, ninja warrior course and dodgeball.

In Pics: YEP! Sydney 2018

On Sunday 28 October CCA held our first ever Youth Empowerment Program (YEP!) for young people with IBD in Sydney. It was an incredible experience with participants hearing from peers on how to manage their IBD through school, part-time work and university, as well as taking part in a fantastic activity, hosted by the talented team at Aerialize.

A big thank you to our event sponsors Janssen, to our speakers Luke Escombe, Dani Ross and Ashleigh Ross, and to our wonderful volunteers Renee, Veronica and Jun.

Photos by Jun Kinase