Youth Activist Series (YAS)

Our Youth Activists are a force to be reckoned with.

YAS is a 12-month leadership development program for young people who are passionate about campaigning for gender justice and equality.

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.

To achieve our vision of a more equal world, where all children can live happy and healthy lives, and where girls can take their rightful place as equals, Plan International Australia supports young people around the world, particularly girls and young women, to be agents of change. The Youth Activist Series does just that – it works to make sure young people are at the centre of all that we do. It amplifies the voices of young people rather than us speaking for them and it equips and empowers the participants to change the world around them.

Our YAS program is an opportunity and a platform to create change, develop valuable skills, forge lifelong friendships and channel their passion for gender justice campaigning and speaking truth to power.

What do the YAS do?

The YAS bring their lived experience of the issues, as well as being able to represent other young people – from around the world – and can communicate with authenticity and passion to decision-makers. We get them in front of decision-makers to amplify their voices to those with power.

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.

Meet our Youth Activists for 2020!

Over the years, the YAS have achieved incredible things.

Plan International Australia’s Youth Activists were involved in co-designing the Free to Be crowd-mapping tool, rallying participation in the research and adding girls’ voices to the national conversation about our right to live safely in our cities.

Following the release of the research findings on International Day of the Girl in 2018, they have been advocating with the Greater Sydney Commission, NSW transport authorities, and other organisations to implement the recommendations.

Every International Day Of The Girl, YAS partake in ‘takeovers’ around the country (and world), where they consult with leaders and decision-makers to bring youth experience and voices to the front!

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.

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 [email protected]

How to become a YAS

Applications to become a Plan International Australia Youth Activist have closed.

The program runs annually, and applications for our YAS 2021 will open in the new year. This 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.

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