Youth Activist

Have you applied to be a Youth Activist Leader?

We know we’ve had some glitches with the form. Please email Zoe to let her know if you have had any problems, or to check that we have received your application: Due to the technical issues, we have extended the timeline for applications to Monday 30 January. But don’t wait until then – get yours in now!


Are you passionate about gender equality? Do you want to create positive change in your community, and connect with global activists? Are you keen to make new friends and connect with other change makers? Do you want to access real opportunities to speak truth to power? Then this is the program for you!

What does it mean to be a Youth Activist Leader?

Youth Activist Leaders are young people between 16 and 25 who are passionate about making change in Australia and the world on the theme of Gender Equality. Our Youth Activist Leaders are the champions of Plan International Australia’s Youth Activist Series. As one of Plan’s Youth Activist Leaders, you will attend a leader’s camp in Melbourne at the end of February 2017 that will provide you with all the skills and training to start a Youth Activist Series group of your own. You will not only learn the tools you need to create change, but you will be inspired, make life-long friends and become part of a global movement dedicated to a world where everyone can learn, lead, decide and thrive. You will receive support, guidance and mentorship from Plan to run your Youth Activist Series group for the year, with the goal of making change in the gender equality space through advocacy and campaign actions.

This is not your usual youth leadership opportunity – this will take time, but it will also take you out of your comfort zone and give you practical skills and experience in making change.

What is the Youth Activist Series?

The Youth Activist Series (YAS) is an initiative of Plan International Australia, aimed at engaging a diverse range of young people between 16 and 25 years of age in an inclusive process of change-making. The Youth Activist Series groups are led by Youth Activist Leaders. Youth Activist Series participants are involved in the process of developing a change goal, and then are provided with skills in order to make change.

These skills include:

  • Gender equality literacy;
  • Participatory video;
  • Awareness raising through social media;
  • Storytelling;
  • Advocacy;
  • Public speaking;
  • Creative activism, and;
  • How to speak truth to power.
Plan and the Youth Activist Leaders work with YAS participants to link them up with opportunities for change. These may include:
  • Media opportunities;
  • Panel discussions;
  • Report launches;
  • Presenting to local government;
  • Using social media to raise awareness, and;
  • Co-designing a digital data-collection tool.


In order to minimize costs, the registration fee for the Youth Activist Leadership Course is $200. This includes travel to Melbourne, 4 nights’ accommodation and food. We want to make sure this opportunity is open to as many of you as possible, so if this cost has made you re-think applying please apply for a scholarship at the end of the application form. You can apply for a scholarship at the end of the application form.


Applications close on Monday 30 January. Don’t wait until then though - we will process applications as they are received and arrange interview times with those that meet the selection criteria.


If you are under 18, you will need your parent or care givers’ written permission to be part of this program.


Get in touch with Zoe at or 03 9672 3641.

Apply here!


Twenty-one-year-old Imogen, a Plan Youth Ambassador, took her passion for tackling climate change to the Philippines. "All of the young people have very interesting stories in their own way. But there was one girl, Marinel, who is 17. She said that many people in her community are ignorant about climate change, and don’t listen to her. She’s worried about what kind of impact that will have on her generation."

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Writing not your thing? You can respond to these questions in the way you think best represents your strengths. You can do a video interview, write a poem, record something, submit a blog or social media piece, or do a combination of these. We won’t give preference to the way your application is presented, and it won’t affect your chances of getting to the next stage. Be as creative as you like, just make sure your response to these questions is clear. If you want to include something else in your application, check the box below, and make sure you email it when you submit your application.

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Scholarships are available to applicants who have limited access to funds. Applying for a scholarship does not automatically mean it will be approved. If your application is short-listed for interview, we will ask you some more questions about your circumstances then.