Young Social Pioneers (YSP) is the Foundation for Young Australians’ (FYA) cornerstone initiative backing young people leading action on the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.
It is a program designed to give you the skills, networks and resources necessary to address an issue you care about, using whatever platform and approach you choose.
Following completion of the face-to-face component, you will join FYA’s community of changemakers and be backed and supported as you work to improve the world.
Any young person living in Australia, aged 18-29 years old (as at 5 July 2019) with an approach to addressing a social or environmental issue they care about may apply. We’re looking for a diverse pool of applicants from a variety of backgrounds and industries. You might be a social entrepreneur, an advocate, a thought leader, an intrapreneur, a creative, a technologist, a producer or an academic — whatever your skill set or focus, we’d love to hear from you!
Young people from all backgrounds, cultures, religions, locations and walks of life are encouraged to apply.
Yes. We will do everything we can to ensure the program is accessible to young people with a disability and their carers/support workers. You will be asked to detail any accessibility requirements you may have upon your selection into the program.
The program is fully funded by our partners. It will not cost you anything. Your flights to and from any Australian location plus accommodation, lunch, dinner and breakfast are all included.
The program is delivered by a team of expert facilitators who work with participants throughout the three-day bootcamp. We also provide ongoing support and mentoring once the program is complete to ensure the participants and their ventures continue to grow.
The bootcamp themes help us bring together young people working in the same space. In 2019, the themes include Education, Indigenous, Accessibility, and an Open stream for those of all disciplines, industries and areas of focus that do not otherwise fit into one of our other bootcamps.
When you make your application, you will be asked to select the bootcamp that you think is most appropriate to the issue you are looking to address.
This will depend on the theme you are allocated to. You will join 10 other young people at a picturesque location somewhere in Australia.
A total of 30 young people from across Australia will be selected as Young Social Pioneers. Only one person from any given project or initiative may attend the program.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 30 September 2019, at the latest.
Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within a few days.