Young Social Pioneers (YSP) is Australia’s only incubator for our nation’s emerging social innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and changemakers aged 18-29 years.
Over six months you will work alongside 50 participants, build your business and leadership skills, turbocharge your social impact, meet world-class mentors, develop a network of impact-driven partners, join a passionate community of innovators and gain access to Australia’s only free co-working space for young people. Not to mention, our partners have generously offered up to $50,000 in total seed funding to be won!
All this and you won’t pay a cent $$ thanks to our generous partners.
We believe young Australians have the ideas to help build a pipeline of problem solvers and innovators, skilled in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).
We want young innovators to speak up for an exciting and innovative education system, for now and future generations. We want young people to imagine new ways of engaging with the education system at all levels.
We’re proud to invest in young Australians working across society to influence urgent, transformative action to deliver change required to ensure a sustainable environment.
Youth Mental Health
We’re committed to supporting and developing positive change in the youth mental health space. It is an area that urgently requires greater funding and focused advocacy. As mental health is a leading cause of death amongst young Australians, we are invested in supporting innovative youth led initiatives.
Arts & Creative Industries
We believe in the creativity and community connection embodied through the Arts sector. The imagination of young people is something we are passionate about. We are looking for artists, producers, writers, filmmakers, directors, musicians and actors.
Registrations are now closed for YSP 2016. Thank you to everyone who applied! We will be in contact soon to let the successful applicants know. Stay tuned.
Australia’s population is rapidly growing and ageing, our economy is restructuring, technology is transforming work, inequality is increasing, and our ecosystems are stretched. We’ve never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex leadership environment.
At FYA, we believe young people are Australia’s greatest natural resource and they have the creativity, capacity and ambition to shape our future, rethinking the world’s problems today.
That’s why we’ve committed to growing Australia’s biggest community of young social innovators entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs creating positive change. Since 2009 through our Young Social Pioneers program FYA has backed over 130 young Australians leading social change and innovation across the nation.
As a part of the program, we’ll fly you to Melbourne or Sydney to participant in three residential intensives. Which city you go to depends on your idea, not where you live. Intensive two will bring everyone together to Melbourne, and be a part of Unleashed; our annual social change festival at Federation Square.
This year we are not just focusing on social entrepreneurship but social impact. Social change happens everywhere, all the time, so we’re on the lookout for changemakers that are making a difference. We know there is a huge amount of untapped potential in Australia and we are determined to search far and wide to find you.
This is the chance for all of you dreamers, innovators, entrepreneurs and doers to identify the challenges you are passionate about, dream up some great ideas, reshape already existing systems and structures, and do something life-changing. Whether you hold a leadership position or a strategic role in solving a problem, you’ve started a social business already or you have an awesome idea – we want to meet you!
Thanks to our partners, FYA is building a generation of impact-driven young people with a strong sense of purpose with the skills and networks to drive the social innovations and entrepreneurial ventures that will make the world a better place.
Check out the YSP Application Terms and Conditions here. For any questions, comments or queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Skills like thorough and critical evaluation, goal setting and business planning – which are more practical – have been absolutely invaluable to me since I left YSP and continued to develop Road to Refuge further.” – Dana Affleck, YSP Alumni
“I feel more confident in my ability to be a leader and a spokesperson for Empowered Together. The most important change though is my new wealth of networks. The program allowed me to develop close personal friendships as well as fruitful business relationships.” – Ayeesha Singh, YSP Alumni
“I consider myself a changed person after the YSP program. I feel more confident in my abilities, have greater clarity in my vision and life legacy that I am working toward, and feel incredibly inspired to achieve extraordinary things thanks to the amazing presenters / guest speakers of the program.” – Dean Cohen, YSP Alumni