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Plan International Australia’s Youth Activist Series (YAS) is an opportunity for young people of all genders and identities between the ages of 16 and 24 to create change, develop valuable skills, forge lifelong friendships and channel their passion for gender justice campaigning and speaking truth to power.

What is the change we want to see in the world?

Plan International Australia works hard to ensure that children and girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. We work with young people to put them at the centre of the work we do, and this is what the Youth Activist Series is all about.

Today, we have the largest generation of young people the world has ever seen. You have the potential to build a better world – you already are – and we want to help empower and amplify your voices.

What is the youth activist series?

Plan’s Youth Activists are a force to be reckoned with. They receive intensive training in gender equality literacy, advocacy and government relations, media and public speaking, communications and content collection, and then go out into the world and tackle inequality head on.
They are fearless, powerful and feminist.


As a Youth Activist, you may have the chance to be involved in:

The Body Shop Australia

In 2020, the Youth Activist Series will be supported by The Body Shop; an organisation with deep activist roots and strong values around empowering young women. As a part of this, our youth activists will have the opportunity to be involved in public engagement activities, training and events with The Body Shop. This support will also include in-store photos and storytelling from the 2020 youth activists to engage the Australian community to support the next generation of leaders.

What’s involved?

You need to be:

Time commitment:

The Youth Activist Series is a 12-month commitment. We expect that you will be available to attend 80% of the webinars and workshops, to maximise your skills development and ensure that you are ready to fight for gender justice.

We expect that you will actively partake in activities and events throughout the year. Some months will be busier than others (particularly September and October).

The Youth Activist Series training weekend is compulsory and will take place in Melbourne on the 15th and 16th of February. Flights and accommodation for Sydney-based youth activists will be covered by Plan International Australia. You will be required to be available during the day and for group dinners over that weekend.

Webinars (2 hours once a week, for one month)

  • In the evenings of March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th


  • One Saturday or Sunday in each of April, June, August, October, December (exact dates to follow)

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to seek permission from your parent or guardian to participate in the program.

If you have any questions about the program, please get in touch with us at



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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