ABC Trailblazers program to showcase young regional leaders
Applications are now open for the ABC’s 2022 Trailblazers program, which showcases the stories of regional Australia’s brightest new leaders.
Trailblazers is an opportunity for people, aged from 18 to 28 who are driving positive social change projects in their regional communities and to have their work celebrated nationally.
Successful applicants receive a broad range of support that includes having their story told on the ABC, exclusive access to the Trailblazer Development Fund and mentoring programs to help empower young regional leaders to share their stories and build their leadership capacity.
Past Trailblazer winner Sam Wilson from South West Victoria created Sober Mates, an educational community that explores regional Australia’s relationship with alcohol.
“This has been the most influential program I’ve done to bring Sober Mates to a larger audience and to build on what I have already created. I’m so thankful for the networks and resources this program gave me.”
“And now Sober Mates has received one of the Trailblazers Development Fund grants to create more sober moments for our community.”
Dre Ngatokorua is an ABC Trailblazer from Port Augusta, South Australia.
The proud Wangkangurru, Adnyamathanha, Kuyani, Luritja, Dieri, Yankunytjatjara man from Cook Island and Maori ancestry, applied last year with his project ‘MoZzi: Always Remember to Stay Deadly!’
He is running various multimedia workshops in his community to give young people a voice and encourage them to think of media as a possible career option.
“From a conversation with a friend about applying, I am so happy and grateful I decided to submit my application. The Trailblazer program has helped me learn how to present an idea and bring it to life.”
“From the shared networks, the knowledge and the friendships, being a Trailblazer was an important step for me as a person. I have now grown as a leader in my community.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP, encourages young changemakers to get involved.
“The Trailblazers initiative is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people running community-strengthening projects in regional Australia to take their work to the next level,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“So many young people from our regions are having an incredible impact on their communities. Trailblazers highlights the strength they demonstrate as emerging leaders, and their dedication and passion for driving change.
“The Australian Government is proud to be an ongoing sponsor of Trailblazers, and the work it does to empower young Australians living in regional and remote areas.”
The Trailblazer Development Fund is now into its second year as part of the program. These grants have supported Trailblazers to further their vision to make a difference in regional communities.
The ABC’s Director of Regional & Local, Judith Whelan, said the Trailblazers program was one of the ABC’s content partnerships she was most proud of.
“Seeing some of last year’s inspiring projects grow and strengthen, has been a joy. This has only been possible through the grants made available by the Sally Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, and I thank them for it.
“We are seeing real impact and real change in those regional communities that have benefited from when the Trailblazer first launched in 2017. Now, more regional communities – through the young leaders – have the opportunity to participate with the launch of Trailblazers 2022, and I look forward to seeing what great projects will come from it.”
Who can apply to be a Trailblazer?
Individuals and groups of up to three, aged 18-28, who are initiating projects that create positive change in their communities. From young community leaders to social entrepreneurs, advocates to event organisers, we’re looking for young people with a commitment to making regional Australia even better.
What do Trailblazers receive?
- The chance to have their work featured on the ABC.
- Exclusive opportunities to apply for Trailblazer Development Fund grants, a partnership with the Sally Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
- Extensive networking, media and leadership opportunities.
Applications close on Wednesday 10 November 2020. To apply, please visit abc.net.au/trailblazers.