On the look out for Trailblazers 

ABC. Applications are now open to youth leaders and innovators to take part in the Trailblazer program. 

The program is an extension of the Heywire Regional Youth Summit, designed to provide a national platform for regional and local issues and provide participants with presentation and pitching skills to further develop their ideas into viable projects.

John McVeigh, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, said the program acknowledges regional youth who have created projects to strengthen their communities including through culture, agriculture, business and mental and sexual health.

“Trailblazers is a fantastic initiative shining a light on some of our brightest young regional entrepreneurs and providing them the opportunity to tell their stories on the ABC, and receive networking, mentoring and media coverage,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Many young people are already helping to address the challenges facing regional Australia and through the Trailblazers program they can reach a broader audience and have the opportunity to put some of their ideas into action.”

Individuals aged 18 to 28 and groups of up to three will be offered the chance to take part in a five-day leadership workshop in the Trailblazer Lab in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and to have their projects promoted nationally through the ABC.

Jobi Starick, the cinematographer behind local documentary Two Trains, last year attended the ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit participating in the Youth Innovation and Leadership Lab. 

Starick joined the Heywire Trailblazers to mentor and guide participants through initiating projects which would strengthen their community.

“We need more young people to see that you don’t have to move to the big cities to make a difference and I would encourage all young regional Australian’s to find their voice and submit an application,” Dr McVeigh said. 

For more information or to apply before Friday July 13, visit www.abc.net.au/trailblazers.

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