Oxfam understands that young people are our most powerful weapon in the long-running fight against poverty. Did you know that half of the world’s population is under the age of 25? That’s a lot of people, and a lot of people can bring about great change.
Who was it that said the children are our future? Oh yes, Whitney. And she was right! Because the battle for a more equitable world will not be won by our parents’ generation. So it’s up to the young people of the world to continue our work to end poverty and injustice. They have the energy, creativity and enthusiasm needed to make sure our world becomes a better place.
Oxfam has a number of programs and initiatives that young people are getting involved with right now.
3things works in popular youth culture and education settings providing opportunities, tools and support to help young Australian’s increase their awareness of social justice issues and take long term action in ways that are meaningful to them.
Design for Change
Oxfam Australia’s Design for Change is a crew of designers, creatives and troublemakers who know that amazing creative work and social justice go hand in hand. Throughout the year we run a university program and host loads of public events that explore the many ways design and social justice intersect to transform and inspire public action on global issues.
Oxfam Uni Groups
Oxfam Uni Groups are a national network of university clubs and societies working together to help support Oxfam’s work around the world. Based in universities all around Australia, Oxfam Uni Groups run projects, campaigns and events on and off campus to actively create change and give young Australians the chance to be part of something bigger.
The very first Youth Ambassador Program will take off in 2015, with a select group of young people who will be equipped with the tools and training to take action on the things they care about. Youth Ambassadors will be chosen to develop their voice, skills and expertise by joining a core community of passionate people bringing about social change from within one of the largest development agencies in the world.
Oxfam Schools Program
Oxfam’s Schools Program brings social justice and global citizenship to schools across the Australia through a wide range of student-led projects, inquiry-based education resources, and more. We support teachers to explore issues that span the local and global – including human rights, poverty and hunger, politics and corporate social responsibility, sustainability and climate change, Indigenous issues, aid and development, and more. Students are supported to develop the attitudes, values, behaviours and skills they need to take action on issues they care about.
ChangeCourse was developed by Oxfam Australia in order to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths and their communities through supportive and innovative programs. The program aims to further develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth leadership through direct involvement with youths themselves. Through further support — via follow-up training, active mentorship and one-off small grants — ChangeCourse provides opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to proactively affect change within their communities.