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.
Current young leaders
About the Program
The Young Leaders Program is for VIC-based LGBTQIA+ young people aged 18-25 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.
How to apply
Applications for the 2022/23 Young Leaders Program will open in August. Keep an eye on our social media channels and our newsletter for more information!
More about Young Leaders
The Young Leaders Program is for LGBTQIA+ young people, aged 18-25 years old. The program runs for 10 months, starting in October each year. Applications open around August.
During the Program, sessions are held every two weeks. These sessions (or "QLABs") are designed to develop the skills, confidence and experience to inspire the next generation of leaders – they often feature guest appearances from current LGBTQIA+ leaders!
Being involved in the Young Leaders Program means you’ll play a starring role in Minus18’s life-affirming youth events, including Melbourne Queer Formal.
TRAINING & UP-SKILLING
We design sessions that give you the opportunity to understand and find confidence with your own leadership style and to build on the skills you have. We explore how to make spaces more inclusive, and how to stay safe as an LGBTQIA+ advocate.
These sessions are guided by Minus18 staff and feature special guests from the LGBTQIA+ community who are leaders within their field.
CREATION & IMPLEMENTATION
As a Young Leader, you get to be part of the team that delivers Minus18’s life-affirming in-person and digital youth events. You’ll work with the Minus18 Event Coordinator to provide on-the-ground support at events, and implement those leadership skills that you’ll be working on within the program!
MAKE FRIENDS & CONNECTION
While there’s plenty of time to up-skill and learn from expert guests, this is also your chance to make friends and connect with the other young leaders in the program.
Applications are open in around August for any LGBTQIA+ young people in Melbourne aged 18 to 25 years old. You should apply if you are:
- Looking to grow your personal leadership skills as an LGBTQIA+ young person
- Willing to engage with and develop leadership skills and confidence
- A good communicator and work collaboratively
- Passionate about helping LGBTQIA+ youth through programs and events
Keep your eye on our Join Us page for when applications open.