VGen

World Vision Australia's youth movement

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We're young people trying to make a fairer world. Join us.

We often get told we're the leaders of tomorrow, but the truth is we don't have to wait until we've finished school or uni to start making a difference - young people are the leaders of today, and the world is ours to change.

VGen exists to inspire, educate and empower young people to understand and take action on the biggest global justice issues facing the world. From human trafficking to the refugee safety crisis to eradicating extreme poverty, we're here to make a difference. Join us now.

Who we are

VGen is made up of young people aged 15–25 who want to make a difference on global issues. We know that working together is better than working alone, so VGen brings together a vibrant, diverse national and local communities of like-minded young people to build each other up, work together strategically, and create lasting change where it's needed most. 

 

Become a VGenner today

Local

VGen takes action

We change the world by organising in the places we see every day. Through VGroups in local schools, universities and faith groups throughout Australia we learn, inspire and engage others in creating real change. Sound good? Start your own VGroup today.

National

When we speak with one voice, people listen

As part of VGen, you can be involved in creative, high-impact campaigning on issues like child protection and trafficking, maternal and child health and overseas aid. As a national movement, we join together for large-scale events, conferences and online campaigning.

Global

Through World Vision

VGenners have the opportunities to partner with other like-minded young people from around the world and experience overseas development work first-hand. From global youth leadership conferences to field visits and Youth Ambassador trips, we know human connections that are stronger than borders.

Become a youth advocate and tackle issues of global poverty and injustice Join us

We stand with refugees

We are facing the worst refugee safety crisis since World War two

68.5 million people are displaced - from their homes, their families, their schools, and more. Some will return. Some will never be safe back home. All of them deserve to be #SafeAndFree

What can Australia do?

There's two main ways for Australia to help refugees.

1)  To welcome more vulnerable people to Australia.

We need to lift our refugee intake. Finding safety in Australia life-changing for people who have fled violence and persecution. Welcoming newcomers to Australia has enriched our communities for decades. Taking more people out of danger helps everyone.

 

2) Reaching more displaced people with a generous Australian Aid budget

85% of displaced people are in developing countries. It doesn't make sense for the poorest countries to have the largest share of responsibility for people fleeing violence: Australia should do our fair share to help.

We send Australian Aid to humanitarian crises. From wars to genocides, you're likely to find Australian Aid supporting victims. But we can do much more than we're doing now.

Six years of aid cuts mean there's not enough aid to meet the needs of vulnerable people. We need to restore the aid budget, and send more aid to where it's needed most.

 

What you can do

  1. Start a VGen group  in your school, uni, church or faith community - sign up to VGen then email us to find out how. Get your friends together and start campaigning!
  2. Join #SafeAndFree here our campaign to ensure everyone has the right to be safe and free, no matter where they are.
  3. Tweet to your local candidates and ask them about their plan to help refugees find safety
  4. Come to the Young Visionaries Conference  July 10-12 in Melbourne

I am making a change by empowering young people to take action. Every act, no matter how small, is important!

Ashleigh, VGen advocate.