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.

Apply now for 2020

Are you aged 16-25 and live, work or study in an area impacted by the 2019/20 bush fires across rural and regional Victoria? 

Are you passionate about your local community and animal welfare?

Do you want to design a project and develop skills in research, advocacy, project management and communication?

We are proud to announce that the 2020 YACVic Rural Activators Program will be sponsored by RSPCA Victoria. Activators will work to develop and deliver an animal welfare project on an issue designed to help their local community.

Find out more about the dates, application process and apply now here

Meet last year's Activators! 

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

Bella — Shepparton

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.