Applications are now open for Ideally. — a new program to engage young people in promoting gender equality. The Victorian State Government is funding Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) social enterprise, YLAB, to run a grants and mentoring program. Ideally. offers young Victorians the chance to create an ideal world for people of all gender identities.
Ideally. grants are open to young Victorians between the ages of 15 to 24. The program will support young people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to make their idea for gender equality a reality. The program encourages creative approaches to gender equality, through art, sport, technology or other approaches. It will match grantees with a mentor and support them with training to make their vision a reality.
Innovation in gender equality programs for young people is part of Victoria’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong. Stereotypes or ‘rules’ about how women and men, girls and boys should be begin in childhood and follow us through to adulthood. They affect young people’s behaviour, their study choices, career ambitions and attitudes about relationships. These gendered norms and stereotypes also drive violence against women and girls.
FYA and YLab CEO, Jan Owen AM said Ideally will help young people challenge these stereotypes and promote equality and respect for all.
“FYA and YLab are relentlessly optimistic about young people’s ability to drive and contribute to social change, and work to back them to challenge the status quo, discuss the big issues and help them play a part in finding solutions,” Ms Owen said.
“We’re excited to be driving the delivery of Ideally. which will support young Victorians to create and promote positive, inclusive and empathetic experiences for all, elevate their voices and provide a platform to create the change they want to see in the world.”
Applications for Ideally. are open until Friday, 7 September. For more information and to apply, visit www.ylab.global/ideally. For information on Victoria’s work to promote gender equality, visit www.vic.gov.au/women.