FYA Initiatives

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) develops and delivers innovative initiatives that foster engagement in learning, access and equity while linking to schools and communities across the country.

Centre for New Public Education (CNPE)

It is the right of every young Australian to have a high quality twenty-first century education

WHAT: Our current system of education must embark on a bold transformation to ensure all of our young people have access to a high quality twenty-first century education, regardless of where they live, their gender, cultural background or socio-economic status.

WHO: FYA partners with a diverse range of Australia’s leading workplaces from corporate, non-profit and government sectors.

WHERE: Australia-wide.

Learn more about the Centre for New Public Education


Change It Up

Imagine what you could do tomorrow if you start today

WHAT: Change It Up sparks the change making potential of bright young people in regional and rural Australia. In partnership with teams of local citizens, Change It Up ignites and empowers young people aged 16 to 19 to have a voice and to act on issues that are important to them and their communities. Change It Up delivers an intensive program of workshops and community development activities that strengthen the change making capabilities of local young people. Follow-up support consolidates skills and networks to put ideas into practice and help young people in rural and regional Australia soar to greater heights.

WHO: FYA in partnership with local councils, businesses and local community groups.

WHERE: Regional and rural Australian communities.

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High Resolves

Our world, our choice

WHAT: Imagine an Australia where a critical mass of over 100,000 young people finish high school motivated and equipped with the skills to be purposeful global citizens and leaders of constructive social change in their communities.

WHO: High Resolves is a stand-alone initiative partly funded by FYA.

WHERE: Australia-wide.

Learn more about High Resolves



Invest in Learning. Rethink Impact. Unleash Aspiration.

What: The Foundation for Young Australians’ Immerse Program is an exclusive, bespoke learning experience for emerging philanthropists and corporate leaders, who are engaged in family philanthropy or corporate leadership programs.

Who: 18 – 30 year olds, from Australia and overseas.

Where: FYA Headquarters, Melbourne

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Impact (Young Indigenous Leadership Program)

Supporting young Indigenous leaders

WHAT: IMPACT is designed to build a community of young Indigenous students and strengthen leadership, community contribution and future pathways. IMPACT brings together Year 10-12 students over three years of intensive and inspiring camps and workshops that inspire self confidence and offer support for education and training.Students become more confident, self-aware and resilient and gain the skills to contribute in positive ways to their communities.

WHO: FYA in partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training.

WHERE: Throughout the Northern Territory.

Learn more about IMPACT


NAB Schools First

It takes a village to raise a child

WHAT: NAB Schools First is a national awards program that recognises and rewards outstanding school-community partnerships that are having a positive impact on students beyond the classroom. NAB Schools First recognises that the job of raising resilient, inquiring, adaptable and well-adjusted young people belongs to the entire community. By supporting partnerships, and rewarding student-initiated ideas, NAB Schools First delivers results for students, schools and communities.

WHO: FYA, NAB and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

WHERE: Australia-wide.

Learn more about NAB Schools First


Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV)

Creating safe and supportive school environments

WHAT: Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) supports sexual diversity in schools. An initiative incubated by FYA and grown through a partnership with Rainbow Network Victoria, it is now an independent coalition funded by the Department of Education andEarly Childhood Development (DEECD) and the Department of Health(DOH). The coalition of schools and supporters is dedicated to creating safer educational environments where same sex attracted and genderquestioning young people are supported, every family can belong,every teacher can teach, and every student can learn. SSCV provides training and resources for every school in Victoria to support sexual and gender diversity. The coalition recognises that a supportive and inclusive school environment is a key factor in well being and educational outcomes and a right for all young people.

WHO: FYA with Rainbow Network Victoria. Funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Health.

WHERE: Primary, secondary, public, private and faith-based schools in Victoria.

Learn more about the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria


Worlds Of Work (WOW)

What does it take to succeed in life and work?

WHAT: Worlds of Work (WOW) is a national initiative for young people aged 15 years and older that builds the skills and beliefs needed to make successful transitions into life beyond school. Through workshops focusing on personal development and employability, WOW takes Year 10 students on a journey that broadens their view on what it means to be successful in the changing world of work. WOW students work with employees from some of Australia’s leading workplaces, and receive high level support from schools and teachers. Through collaboration, young people and employees alike learn that it takes courage, imagination and will to succeed in life and work.

WHO: FYA partners with a diverse range of Australia’s leading workplaces from corporate, non-profit and government sectors.

WHERE: Australia-wide.

Learn more about Worlds of Work (WOW)


Young People Without Borders

Join the movement, Get amongst it, Make a difference

WHAT: Young People Without Borders (YPWB) provides a structured journey into volunteering and global citizenship for young Australians aged 13 to 20. After five years of volunteering and social action opportunities provided by our YPWB partners during high school, the journey culminates in a ‘Start Year’. FYA has taken the idea of a gap year andturned it on its head to create an extended volunteering placement in Australia or the Asia-Pacific. Young People Without Borders will transform a generation,embedding the notion of contribution and giving back to society into the DNA of all young Australians.

WHO: Facilitated by FYA, with pre-Start Year activities delivered by non-profits, youth organisations and schools, and Start Year placements delivered through volunteering and youth development agencies.

WHERE: Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Learn more about Young People Without Borders


Young Social Pioneers

Up to something great?

WHAT: A 12 month leadership program for up to 20 social entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29. Young Social Pioneers sparks the courage and imagination of some of our best, bravest and brightest young change makers.Through their own social ventures, the pioneers work in areas as diverse as education, the environment, health, human rights, the arts and technology. Many Pioneers are already punching above their weight, winning awards and fellowships locally and internationally. The 12 month program equips them with the skills they need to deliver excellence and innovation to make a difference in society.

WHO: FYA in partnership with the International Youth Foundation, Porter Novelli and Echoing Green

WHERE: Australia-wide.

Learn more about Young Social Pioneers


Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

21–27 Somerset Place, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

GPO Box 239, Melbourne, Victoria 3001

PH: (03) 9670 5436