Young Social Pioneers

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Young Social Pioneers is Australia’s premiere Incubator designed to exclusively support young people leading initiatives that respond to society’s most pressing challenges, either through advocacy, community organising or business.

The economic, social and environmental problems Australia and the world currently face, from discrimination to climate change to unemployment – are diverse, complex and pressing.

At the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) we believe in young people’s capacity to respond to these challenges; to create a future in which they can live with dignity and pursue their dreams and ambitions.

With a focus on innovation and sustainable solutions, YSP develops the competencies, networks and ecosystem requisite to being a successful young changemaker.

If you are working on something that seeks to make the world a better place, we would love to hear from you!

Applications close on May 24.

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Why should I apply?

Young Social Pioneers is Australia’s leading Incubator for 16-29 year old’s leading initiatives (either your own or within an organisation) that seek to have a positive social or environmental impact.

It is a highly curated, individually tailored experience comprised of access to mentors, workshops, resources and the biggest community of young trailblazers in Australia, and it’s completely free.

At the end of the program you will get to participate in board room and live pitches which will see seven participants receive $10,000 in seed funding each.

Young people from all backgrounds, cultures, religions, locations and walks of life are encouraged to apply.

Participants will go through the program as part of a themed group (or stream) of between five and ten people, each supported by a different program partner. If your application is successful, you will be added to either the Melbourne or Sydney cohort. If you’re outside of Sydney or Melbourne we’ll be covering the cost of your flights, lunches and one dinner per intensive.

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Program Streams

Intensive One
Melbourne: 6 – 8 September 2017 OR Sydney: 13 – 15 September 2017
Intensive Two
Melbourne: 16 - 20 October 2017
Intensive Three
Melbourne: 27 - 28 November 2017 OR Sydney: 30 November - 1 December 2017
Individuals involved in an initiative that seeks to advance environmental sustainability within the areas of climate change mitigation, waterway health and food systems. Priority will be given to those that have potential to create employment opportunities.
Youth Mental Health
Individuals involved in an initiative that respond to mental health challenges faced by young people.
Individuals involved in an initiative that seeks to improve people’s health and well being.
Individuals involved in an initiative that seeks to have a positive environmental impact.
Practicing artists and individuals from creative industries leading an initiative that utilises the arts to address and create positive social or environmental outcomes, and employment opportunities.
Individuals involved in an initiative that utilises education to create positive social outcomes.
Individuals involved in an initiative that does not align with the themes of other streams.
Indigenous Focus
Individuals involved in an initiative that seeks to address a challenge facing Indigenous Australians. Only individuals that identify as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent will be considered for this stream.
Want In?

Want to be a part of Young Social Pioneers in 2017? Applications have opened and you can apply below!

Applications close on May 24.


Want to know more?

Program Information on the 2017 Young Social Pioneers
Download the info sheet

Why Young Social Pioneers?

Read our 2016 Impact Reports
Download the report