Change It Up
What is Change It Up?
Change It Up energises and engages young people aged 16 to 19 living in regional and rural Australia who have an interest in sparking change in their local communities. In partnership with teams of local citizens, Change It Up ignites and empowers young people to have a voice and to act on issues that are important to them and to their communities. Working within the 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 youth in rural and regional Australia soar to greater heights.
Are you a young person with a passion for making a difference in your community? Do you know a teen with a big heart and an even bigger imagination? Would you like to see your community get connected and work together to create positive change?
Come and Change It Up!
Shaping Victoria Forum
Held on February 12, 2014 at M.A.D.E in Ballarat, the Shaping Victoria Forum provides 2013 Change It Up alumni with a unique opportunity to:
- Share their ideas and connect with like-minded people to spread social action
- Co-design sustainable community change
- Pitch for boost funding to propel their social purpose projects.
The Forum will consist of a number interactive activities including a World Panel, Victorian Changemakers’ Studio and the signature PitchUp event!
We are thrilled to be hosting special guests Jan Owen, AM, CEO of FYA and The Honorable Ryan Smith, MP, Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs.
Further, we are extremely excited to announce that there will be three very special booster grants available as follows:
- Thankyou Group Changemakers Award – $10,000
- Laneway Learning Educational Award – $2,500
- Audience Choice Award – $1,000
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to host Change It Up in your community?
Listen to the ideas of local young people and build their capacity to create change.
Young people living in regional and rural communities can face social isolation and related issues such as increased mental and physical health problems and reduced education and employment outcomes. Active participation in civic life is associated with a greater sense of belonging and wellbeing and quality of life. Marginalised young people who are contributors in their community will also experience a reduced sense of isolation and social exclusion, as well as a higher self-reported sense of community. – Evans, 2007
We want our young people to go on a journey that unleashes their innovative ideas and accelerates them into the Australian change making landscape. – Jan Owen AM, CEO, FYA
Change It Up enables young people in remote regions of Australia to access social engagement structure and support that is often unavailable to them. It’s a unique opportunity to fire up their imagination of young people. Amplify optimism in small Australian communities. Generate energy amongst local government, business and local community citizens; and, above all, shine a light on the possibilities and alternative futures our young people can offer.