Youth Activists

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

Plan International’s Youth Activist Series (YAS) is a leadership development opportunity for young people of all genders between the ages of 16 and 24 interested in gender justice campaigning. Youth Activists will participate in media, political advocacy, community organising, campaigning, and contribute to Plan International Australia’s policy agenda.

What does it mean to be a youth activist?

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

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:

  • 16-24 years old 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 Girls Get Equal Movement
  • Media appearances and opportunities
  • Panel discussions
  • Report launches
  • Advisory working groups
  • Government relations
  • Campaigning and social media
  • Co-design of campaigns and policy recommendations

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 Melbourne. 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 (particularly September and October), 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 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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