Oxfam believes that young people have tremendous potential to be both present and future drivers of the long-running fight against poverty. Did you know that half of the world’s population is under the age of 25? In fact, this is the largest youth population the world has ever seen, and 90% of these young people live in low-income countries. Demand for change, across the world, is especially passionate from this generation, who are being denied a future in rich and poor countries alike.
Oxfam understands that the big changes we want to see will not happen unless all generations work together. Our youth programs harness the energy, strength and creativity of young people. We work with young people across Australia and empower them with skills and knowledge to enhance their ability to create more equitable world.
Oxfam has a number of programs and initiatives both domestically and internationally aimed at supporting and increasing young people’s participation in the movement to end poverty.
Oxfam on Campus is a vibrant 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 Campus 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 and effect real change.
Change Initiative is Oxfam’s very own youth leadership program that trains up young leaders (18-25 years old) with the campaigning skills and knowledge they need to go out and empower their communities to take action on social justice issues. The Change Initiative is a launch pad for your biggest, boldest, most game changing ideas. Learn about community organising from the experts, with training, workshops, retreats and ongoing mentoring from Oxfam staff. It is an incredible way to develop excellent campaigning skills to create REAL change.
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.