A leadership development opportunity for high school students in years 10-12

The ARA Youth Ambassador program is a leadership development opportunity for high school students in years 10-11 who are passionate about refugee issues. The program aims to provide young people with leadership training and experience to advocate for refugees and asylum seekers as well as guide them in engaging the broader community to promote harmony and understanding.


The program runs between terms two and four and Youth Ambassadors undertake three challenges:
1. Create and carry out a social awareness campaign building awareness and promoting cultural diversity, harmony and acceptance, and the refugee journey.
2. Take part in a fundraising event to raise money for refugees living in South Australia.
3. Volunteer with ARA.
Students are not limited to how they fulfil these challenges--it is entirely up to the student, school and supervising staff member as to the direction they decide to take. ARA staff members are able to offer support and guidance.

Youth Ambassadors who successfully complete all three challenges will be recognised at a graduation ceremony held at the end of the year.

The Youth Ambassador program provides young people with work experience, new friends and networks, leadership training and the tools to make a difference within their communities. Each student, with their school's support, will also have the opportunity to achieve 10 Stage 1 SACE credit points through completing three additional assignments. Please talk directly with the program administrators about this opportunity.

"Listening to other people's story has helped me to understand more about people from different cultures and to really think about what I want to do to help people from refugee backgrounds. Being involved in the ARA Youth Ambassador program inspires me to set my goals for the future because there are so many people who won't have the opportunity to do this for themselves." ARA 2018 Youth Ambassador


Please note we are only able to accept a maximum of four students per school. ARA will look to the school primarily for their recommendation as to who should be selected. The program is unique in the opportunities that it can provide for all young people but particularly to those from refugee backgrounds. As such, students from a refugee background are given priority. ARA requires one staff member from each school to act as a contact and to assist with the facilitation of activities for their students. Staff members are invited to attend the Youth Ambassador camp as well as any other events and workshops we host.
Please contact ARA for an application form.

"Joining ARA has been amazing because it has helped me build my confidence in public speaking and also to understand about other cultures and religions. I have learnt about other people that are like me and how I can get along with others. A good life comes from helping people and bringing happiness and by sharing my story I can really make a change and open up someone's life." ARA 2018 Youth Ambassador

ARA Youth Ambassadors program is funded by LUCRF Super Community Program.