Young leaders to champion animal welfare in bushfire affected communities

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RSPCA Victoria and Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) Rural are looking for young leaders to improve animal welfare and build resilience in bushfire impacted communities through the Young Activators Program.

YACVic Rural’s Young Activators Program annually supports young people (aged 16-25) from rural and regional areas to develop or accelerate their advocacy work on an issue important to their community. 

This year’s program is sponsored by RSPCA Victoria who will support Activators to deliver animal welfare projects that help animals living in bushfire affected areas recover and help communities build resilience for the future.

The Young Activators Program runs for six months and will help participants build capacity within their community to plan, respond, withstand and recover from emergencies and disasters that directly and indirectly impact animals. Participants will be encouraged to explore animal welfare topics important to them and be provided with guidance, advice and mentorship on how to advocate for changes to be made.

“YACVic’s Young Activators Program empowers and resources young people to lead and create an impactful contribution to the development of their community,” YACVic CEO Katherine Ellis said.

“We are thrilled that, with RSPCA’s support, animal welfare will be championed as a way of bringing young people together with the wider community to build strength and resilience.”

“I hope that some of these Activators will be future leaders in animal welfare in Victoria,” RSPCA Victoria CEO Dr Liz Walker added. 

“This is an opportunity to kickstart their career in animal care and protection, whilst making a real impact in helping their community recover from disaster.”

Applications for the Young Activators Program are open until 11:59pm Tuesday, 30 June 2020. A Zoom Q&A session will be held on 16 June which will provide a program overview and how to apply. For more information contact Derm Ryan on 0408 674 738 or at


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