About the Program

Young ChangeMakers 

Start unlocking your potential now with Young ChangeMakers, a unique on-campus experience at The University of Queensland.

This 3-day program is designed for Year 11 students with big ideas and ambitions, aimed at helping you become the leaders, thinkers and innovators of tomorrow. As a Young ChangeMaker, you’ll participate in activities that ignite your passion for coming up with innovative ideas and creating change in your community and the wider world.

During your UQ experience, you’ll undertake an immersive group project to tackle global challenges from different perspectives. You’ll also develop valuable design thinking and communication skills.

While you’re here, you’ll form connections with other Young ChangeMakers as well as people from UQ – a fantastic way to start creating your network and making new friends outside of school. Our passionate staff and student mentors are specifically trained to support you through the Young ChangeMakers journey, which will include team building, public speaking and critical thinking. You’ll also get a sneak peek into what life at UQ could be like as a university student.

2021 Program Highlights

  • 3-day, 2 night stay at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
  • Immersive university experience highlighting different study areas and life as a UQ student
  • Ongoing connection with peers and mentors
  • Open Day Reunion (2022)
  • Orientation Event in Semester 1 (2023)

2021 Cost

The program cost of $420 (+GST) includes all activities, meals and accommodation. Transport to and from UQ is not included in the cost. Fee waivers and travel bursaries are available to assist students who would not otherwise be able to participate due to financial circumstances.

2021 Ventures Discovery

Innovation, agility and problem-solving skills have never been more relevant. In our Ventures Discovery workshops, you’ll learn and practise the skills and mindset needed to be an innovator, adapt to change, stay resilient, and create impactful projects, ideas and outcomes.

This project-based program is fun, hands-on and interactive. You’ll get to turn research into impactful ideas that could create real value in the world.

You’ll also:

  • meet new friends with shared interests in creating solutions to the world’s greatest challenges
  • have fun while learning new skills through hands-on activities
  • practise your collaboration and leadership skills
  • learn how to make your ideas come to life.

Learn more about UQ Ventures and high school entrepreneurship activities here

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