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Young Leaders

Creating the Young Leaders of tomorrow

The Young Leaders program equips LGBTQIA+ youth to build their skills, confidence and social connection – empowering them to be the next generation of leaders.

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Young Leaders 2021/22 Impact Report

Our first Young Leaders Program was a HUGE success, with impact to match. And now, we're incredibly proud to share with you the first Young Leaders Program Impact Report.

Applications have now closed

Applications to join our 2022/23 Young Leaders Program have officially now closed. We'll be sharing all the impact our new cohort make in the coming year, and we'll be recruiting again in late 2023.

About the Program

The Young Leaders Program is for Victoria-based LGBTQIA+ young people aged 18 to 25 years old. The program runs for 10 months, with fortnightly sessions designed to develop the skills, confidence and experience to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Build your leadership skills

The Young Leaders program is designed to help you understand and find confidence in YOUR leadership style. Build your skills with Minus18 and your fellow leaders, and learn more about the LGBTQIA+ sector.

Learn from LGBTQIA+ legends

You'll learn from the Minus18 team, each other, and a host of leaders within the LGBTQIA+ community – from public figures to legends quietly doing the work and creating change every day.

Help deliver life-changing events

Be part of the team that delivers Minus18’s life-affirming in-person and digital youth events, including Queer Formal! You’ll provide on-the-ground support at events, and implement all those new leadership skills!

Connect with your community

We love up-skilling, but we LOVE new friends and networks. Connect with other Young Leaders and the wider LGBTQIA+ community through interactive, fun, and social QLABs.

Extra opportunities

You’ll have a front row seat to any extra paid opportunities from within Minus18, other LGBTQIA+ organisations and friends of Minus18. Grow your network, experience, and knowledge!

"This program feels like home"

"Minus18 has given me a space that feels like home, where I feel so incredibly comfortable and can be myself." Young Leader alum

Minus18 is located on the land of the Yalakut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung peoples, Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We acknowledge their continued connection and contribution to land, water and community, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded; this always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

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