2020 Rural Activators to focus on Bushfire Recovery

We are proud to announce that the 2020 YACVic Rural Activators Program will be sponsored by RSPCA Victoria. Activators will work to develop a project to help their local community and build their skills.

Each Activator will receive dedicated support including:

  • Eight half-day training sessions from July to October to develop skills in research, advocacy, policy analysis, project management and communication;
  • Professional networks, leadership experience and development opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and employability;
  • Access to specialist knowledge related to animal welfare, care and support
  • Undertake reflective and critical thinking;
  • Connect with a suitable external mentor who will support your project;
  • A small stipend (up to $500) to support their activities (Travel, phone, internet, external professional development)

  • $1,000 in seed funding after completing 60% of the program

  •  Internet data and/or dongle to support your participation (if necessary)

You will create a project from your participation and do a public speaking pitch for development in your local community. The Activators will come together on a minimum of eight separate occasions to develop and work on their projects, receive professional development, and have access to participate in a range of  YACVic Rural programs.

YACVic will tailor the support we offer depending on your experience and the topic you choose.

What is expected of me? 

You are expected to attend all of the training and development sessions across the second half of the year. These will all be presented online and you will be supported with data and internet dongles to participate if necessary. 

Throughout the program, you will be supported to create a project plan to pitch for development in your local community. 

What skills do I need?

This role would suit most young people, there are no specific expectations around your skills, knowledge or experience.

As long as you've lived in a 2019-20 bushfire-affected community, and are passionate about animal welfare, anyone aged 16 - 25 can apply to take part. 

What skills/knowledge will I develop through this opportunity?

You’ll develop your skills in research, advocacy, policy analysis, project management and communication. You'll also have expand professional networks, and gain leadership experience and development opportunities to enhance your professional knowledge and employability. RSPCA will provide access to specialist knowledge related to animal welfare, care and support.

Applications for the 2020 Rural Young Activators closed in October.

Stories and details of the Activators will come in 2021.

About the Activators program 

The Activators collaborate with YACVic to develop and deliver an idea or project on an issue important to young people. 

Up to 20 young people aged 16-25 who live, study, or work in rural or regional Victoria participate in our 6-month program to create change in their community. Activators receive support, training, resources, professional development and networking opportunities along with a $1,000 honorarium and up to $1,000 in seed funding for their project.

Meet last year's Activators! 

The 2018-19 cohort had 11 Activators in the program. Read more about them below:

Bray — Warrnambool

Bray knows that not all young people receive the same opportunities growing up. That’s why Bray is advocating for greater access to camps and activities that build young people’s resilience.

Bryce — Bacchus Marsh

Bryce has taken a gap year to work solely on his autism advocacy work. Through the Activators program Bryce is looking to scale up his ‘recharge rooms’ so that they are available to more students around Victoria. Recharge rooms are sensory or quiet rooms for all students, including those with autism to take a break and recharge their senses. Check out Bryce’s website to keep up to date with his advocacy.

Catherine and Tierney — Latrobe Valley

Catherine and Tierney’s project, Youth Connect Media, seeks to up-skill young people from the Latrobe Valley through radio. Supporting young people to build their confidence and skills to help boost their employability, Youth Connect Media will work with young people aged 15 to 25 to develop a radio show, podcast, or radio play in 2019. Check out their Facebook page for more info!

Darby — Wangaratta

Darby successfully facilitated an LGBTIQ+ support group at his school called KQ&A (Kings, Queens & Aces). Darby wants to share what he has learn on his journey so that he can help support other rural and regional schools to build and develop their own LGBTIQ+ support groups.

Gab — Ballarat

Gab is a passionate Ballarat resident looking to get more residents to jump on their bike for fun, fitness, and for life. She hopes that more Ballarat residents will ride to work and school.  Gab is currently working with local cyclists to make a series of short films to promote cycling to people in the community.

Josh — Wonthaggi

Josh founded Let’s Life, a program that supports young people  transition from rural to metropolitan Victoria for tertiary education. The program equips young people living in Bass Coast region with the skills and confidence they need when moving to a new area for study.  Let’s Life will provide a network for young people along with accredited training to boost employability. There will also be facilitated trips to Melbourne to orient young people with city life. Stay up to date with the program at the Let’s Life Facebook page and website.

Lachlan — Warrnambool

Becoming an 'adult' can be intimidating and the necessary life skills aren’t always taught to young people in school. 'How to Adult' will bring young people of Warrnambool the chance to learn life skills to help them transition from millennial to adulthood. Stay updated on the project at the How to Adult Facebook page.

Mal — Marlo

Mal knows that there is a problem with bullying in her local community. Mal is advocating for more programs at local high schools to reduce bullying, improve mental health and increase resilience. She is using her time to connect the local headspace centre with a local high school in hopes of improving mental health outreach services. 

Max — Warrnambool

Max hosted Queer Connections — an event about bringing queer communities together to discuss and problem-solve the barriers faced by rural queer communities.  Following the event with local young people and youth workers, Max is pulling together the information to use in their advocacy for a more targeted, place-based, approach to working rural and regional queer communities.

Sarah — Nagambie

Sarah has founded SEAT - Sit, Eat And Talk. It is a program for local Year 6 students to sit down and share conversations over a home cooked meal. SEAT also engages local VCAL students to assist with food preparation, set up, serving, and facilitating conversation with students. Sarah is working in conjunction with the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project on SEAT. Get in touch with the Lighthouse Project to get involved. 

Stacey — Cohuna

Stacey understands what it’s like to grow up in a small town with little to do. Boredom can strike at any second and this can leave young people in the community unengaged and unmotivated to be involved in the community. Stacey is looking at the concept of boredom and advocating for more community engagement programs and mobile youth hubs.

Stay in touch!

Watch this space for updates on the Activators program. Sign up for our newsletters to be the first one to find out when applications open. Interested in finding out more about our Activators? Contact Derm Ryan, YACVic Rural Manager via rural@yacvic.org.au or (03) 0427 464 335.