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Step Up!

Step Up! and campaign for change. Skills, Connection, Activism


Join us for three sessions of all-day in-person workshops in Naarm, spanning from June 22nd to July 20th, to meet like-minded activists and gain hands-on skills to drive impactful campaigns and challenge systemic injustice.

Young people are critical to creating transformative change, which is why Step Up! is here to help you build the skills you need to dismantle oppressive structures within our current systems. Explore workshops covering topics such as decolonization and disability justice, and experience the strength of community building as you connect with fellow youth activists driving change in their communities.

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • 3 days of workshops: 22 June, 6 July, and 20 July, in Central Melbourne, CBD and Footscray.
  • Free to participate in, with covered expenses for food and travel
  • Workshops on systems change from decolonisation, abolition, and disability justice to unjust economic systems.
  • Hands-on skill-building on campaigning, community organising and embedding wellbeing, from experienced activists.
  • Connect with like-minded young activists and youth-led campaigns.
  • Have the opportunity to start your own campaign with FYA’s support.

Ready to apply? Great decision!

Step Up! is open to anyone 18-28 years old based in Victoria, who is ready to Step Up! and campaign for change.

Applications will close on Monday 3 June. 

Successful applicants will be notified on Friday 7 June.

Frequently asked questions

Who are the organisers and workshop facilitators?

The workshop facilitators and full agenda will be announced soon!

How will participants be chosen?

FYA staff will select participants based on young people’s interests in campaigning and:

  • Individuals dedicated to addressing injustices, whether by joining an existing campaign or launching a new one with FYA’s assistance.
  • Those eager to learn about politics and activism, acquire new skills, and connect with like-minded peers. No prior experience or expertise required; we’ll provide that!
  • A community and collective minded person, who is keen get work with others to create change
  • This opportunity is not for those already in paid positions within the activist space; rather, it’s a chance for newcomers to Step Up! and deepen their involvement.

We are seeking a diverse group of young people committed to fostering people-powered structural change.

What is the commitment?

Commitment to attend the 3 days 22nd June, 6th July, and  20th July from 10am-4.30pm; with a later 6th July evening campaign fair.

Does it cost money to join the program?

There is no cost to participants. FYA will provide lunch and a travel allowance to all participants including regional applicants.


What inclusion and accessibility support will be provided?

We will have a wellbeing plan and ensure to make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible. The meeting spaces are all wheelchair accessible and have accessible bathrooms. Auslan interpreters can be provided. All participants will be given a participant form that will inform how we best support participants. 

If you have any other accessibility needs or questions, please email Liyan at

How will you ensure this program is COVID safe?

We will be following the FYA Covid policy and have a Covid plan. We will send everyone with a rapid antigen test (RAT) and N-95 face masks.

To attend the Step Up! workshops, you need to:

  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Do a RAT 24 hours before you leave, with a negative result
  • Not have cold or flu-like symptoms or be waiting on COVID-19 test results
  • Not have recently been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

We’ll have lots of RATs with us and will ask everyone to do a RAT each morning so we can keep each other safe. We will provide masks and hand sanitisers which we encourage everyone to wear and use. 

Weather permitting we will aim to run sessions outdoors when practical, and have windows and doors open to allow for good ventilation or air-purifier when indoors.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information get in contact with Liyan at