Could you be a 2017 Youth Ambassador?

2017 YA Application Process

If you’re 14 to 17 and passionate about making the world a better place for kids and young people, we want to hear from you.

APPLY NOW 

What will I do as a Youth Ambassador? 

If your application is successful, the first thing you’ll do is visit our Head Office in Melbourne to meet your fellow ambassadors and work with us to create the 2017 Youth Ambassador Report. See last years here.

The Report will outline the issues you believe our government should be focusing on to support children and young people in Australia and around the world. It will form the basis of your work as a Youth Ambassador for the year ahead. 

You’ll visit Australia’s parliament in Canberra, campaign on children’s rights in your local community, meet with decision makers – and attend a national Youth Summit!

At the end of the year, you’ll help produce a report reflecting on what you all achieved and the issues Save the Children’s Youth Ambassadors should focus on in future. 

How many Youth Ambassadors are we looking for?

In 2017, we have places available for four Youth Ambassadors. 

What issues will I be speaking out about?

If you’re passionate about one of the following issues, or perhaps another social justice issue, we want to hear from you.

  • Asylum seekers and refugees. The world is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis in history. Conflict and persecution has forced almost 60 million people to flee their homes – and 20 million of these people have had to leave their country altogether. It’s estimated that half of all these displaced people are kids. Help us make sure they are looked after and protected.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights. Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuing culture, and yet many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children don’t have the same opportunities as other Australian children. We want to help close that gap, for good. 
  • Children’s nutrition and health. Tragically, a child dies of malnutrition every 15 seconds. Around the world, there are 165 million children who suffer from chronic malnutrition and in the Pacific, our closest neighbours are suffering a severe, chronic malnutrition crisis. We need to ensure no child goes hungry by 2030.
  • Climate change. Climate change affects children in poor and vulnerable communities now, and its impact will only grow over time – further affecting today's children and irrevocably altering the world that our future generations will inherit. Australia can support other countries and communities to weather the storm of climate impacts.
  • Australian Aid. The Australian aid budget keeps getting cut, which has dramatically set back our country’s contribution to overcoming poverty. What kind of Australia do you want to part of? We want to be part of an Australia that supports life-changing aid and helps make the world a fairer place for kids everywhere.    

What skills and experience do I need to become a Youth Ambassador?

You don’t need any previous experience. You just need to be between 14 and 17, passionate about children’s rights and keen to make a difference in the world. 

Have you faced challenges in your own life that relate to the issues we work on? Do you enjoy helping others in your community? Do you sign petitions and join rallies to call for a fairer world? Do you get involved in your school’s student council? 

If you answered yes to any one of those questions, you’re the type of person we’re looking for! Don’t be put off if you’re not that confident in writing or public speaking. We’re here to support you.

Young people who are passionate about making the world a better place. That’s all we want. 

How long is the commitment to the program?

You’ll be one of our Youth Ambassadors for the rest of 2017. You’ll kick things off with a workshop in Melbourne with your fellow Youth Ambassadors! You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a social justice forum and travel to Canberra and before finishing up in December with a report and evaluation. 

We expect it to take up about 4 hours a week over the course of 10 months. 

What do I get out of it?

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in issues that matter to you. You’ll learn lots about politics, campaigning and children’s rights, and you’ll get lots of valuable experience in writing, reporting and public speaking – great skills for your CV. 

You’ll get to meet some of Australia’s top decision makers, and ask them to ensure that children’s rights - and the issues that you care about – are acted upon seriously.

How do I get involved?

Tell us about yourself by filling in our application form. We want to hear about your life, your hobbies and the difference you want to make in the world. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 24 February 2017 at 5pm. 

What other details do I need to know?

This is a volunteer role – it is not paid. 

You will need signed permission for your parent/guardian that they are ok with you travelling to Canberra and Melbourne with Save the Children staff (unfortunately we don’t have capacity for them to come along). We will provide the full cost of all associated flights, accommodation and meals whilst you are taking part in the program. 

What if I have more questions?

We welcome questions! Get in touch with Lily and Tim via campaigns@savethechildren.org.au or 03 7002 1756 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

Got all the information you need? It’s now time for you to apply to be a Youth Ambassador!