“The people you surround yourself with help you grow.” - Mehak, Youth Activist Leader

Youth Activist Series is a group of young women and gender diverse people who are passionate about feminism and driving change toward true gender equality. They are community leaders, champions of girls’ rights and advocates for change. They are young people working together to achieve lasting, real and revolutionary change for girls and women in Australia and the rest of the world.

What does it mean to be a Youth Activist Leader?

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.

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 face on. They are fearless, powerful, radical and feminist.

Meet Our Youth Activist Leaders

What have we been up to lately?

On the International Day of the Girl in 2017, thanks to the work of Plan International’s Youth Activists, we achieved a 9 million person media reach. Our Youth Activists met with 20 ministers and had 17 TV appearances. They dropped three singles in 2017, and launched two reports. They featured on the ABC show Girls Change The World and told Buzzfeed just what they want done about gender inequality. They ran Girls’ Walks to advocate to make Melbourne a safer city for women and co-designed a digital mapping tool called Free To Be, which allows women to map their experiences in the city: from catcalling to street harassment. The Youth Activists were a part of the global #girlstakeover movement, which culminated in 1114 Girl Takeovers all over the world. They took over Parliament for the day and helped to get #dayofthegirl trending on twitter. They were a part of two short films that were launched across social media addressing gender stereotypes. They wrote opinion pieces and made their own vlogs. They worked with the public transport network to successfully advocate for a safety app to be developed that will allow women to report abuse. 

There’s no doubt about it: the Plan Youth Activists are making big change for girls and young women. Next year, you can be a part of it. What will you achieve in 2019?

What is the Youth Activist Series?

The Youth Activist Series (YAS) is a place where young people can learn the skills to make change, forge lifelong friendships and fight for gender equality.

You need to be:

  • 16-25 years old and female identifying or non-binary/gender diverse
  • Passionate about gender equality
  • Living in Melbourne or Sydney

You will learn about

  • Gender Advocacy
  • Campaigning
  • Media
  • Public speaking
  • Creative activism
  • How to speak truth to power 

And will have the chance to be involved in

  • The Global #GirlsTakeover Movement
  • Media appearances and opportunities
  • Panel discussions
  • Report launches
  • Advisory working groups
  • Government relations
  • Campaigning and social media
  • Co-design

Each Plan Youth Activist receives mentorship throughout the year from a member of the Youth Activist Alumni Network. 


The registration fee for the Youth Activist Series is $200, which is a small contribution toward your training.

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, we also have a limited number of scholarships available. 


Youth Activist Series training is compulsory and will take place in Sydney. Flights, accommodation and some meals will be covered. You will be required to be available during the day and for group dinners.

The Youth Activist Series is a 12 month commitment. We expect that you will be available and willing to partake actively in activities throughout this time. Some months will be busier than others, but on average we expect a two day per month time commitment to the program.

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

If you have any questions about this program, please get in touch with Saul at saul.zavarce@plan.org.au or 03 9672 3654.

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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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