Applications NOW open for the

Emerging Civic Leaders program*

  • If you feel passionate about Australia and where the country is going, but super frustrated with & sceptical of the current structures we have to work within…

  • If you feel passionate about an issue but feel like it’s too complex and big for you to create any real change…

  • If you want to take action and make your voice heard on something but feel like you don’t have enough time (between study, work & life) or money to create real impact then…

Then you’re in the right place.


"Younger voters are the wild cards in the Australian electoral game. They are having a profound influence on the electoral landscape; an influence that has gone largely unrecognised." - Whitlam Institute

Some experts say that our democracy is in crisis - we need to harness our power and change this before it gets worse.

The good news is, it's quite easy to create high-impact change with some small actions.

More than 250,000 young Australians turn 18 each year

And plenty of them (along with the rest of us) don’t feel inspired, equipped or empowered on what processes exist to make their voice heard.

With a NSW state election scheduled for March 2019 and a federal election just around the corner, it’s vital we get as many young Australians as possible ready to vote and you’ll play a key role in helping make this happen.

  • We know that it’s possible to harness this massive power

  • We know activating young voters will have a high impact on our democracy

  • We know it can be done without being a massive time drain while also giving you useful skills & experience

The Emerging Civic Leaders program is for passionate, young & powerful young people that want to make an impact on Australia’s future in a short amount of time.

Apply now (form below) to fast-track your leadership journey!


During this course you’ll:

  • Be guided to run a simple & short Pledge to Vote campaign that will help ensure young voices are heard in the upcoming elections.

  • Walk away with tangible results that you can use to demonstrate your experience and that you know is having a real & long-lasting impact on our democracy.

  • Develop practical skills that you can use to execute your campaign and apply to supercharge your study and career results.


This online course brings together some of Australia’s leading young entrepreneurs, communicators & social change leaders to share their top tips with Emerging Civic Leaders. 

You’ll be guided by some incredible guests to learn:

How to improve your performance up to 90% of the time with Alice Brennan, Founder & Forbes 30 under 30 Asia (2017) & Vogue Game Changes (2018) 

How to lead and get people involved in your initiatives with David McGregor, Lead Organiser at the Australian Republic Movement.

How to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to achieve success with Himal Randeniya, Investor & Australian delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (2017)

How to communicate so that you connect & inspire action with Stacey June, Broadcaster & Public Commentator on major Australian media networks

Plus I (Skye Riggs, Y Vote Founder & Australian delegate to the World Forum for Democracy (2017) & EU-Australia Leadership Forum (2018)) will be sharing some of my tips on Civic Leadership along the way

Training with most of these guests is not available anywhere else and has been designed exclusively for this program.


The time commitment depends on how your group wants to complete each module, but the course and campaign should take roughly 6 - 8 weeks (four if you’re super pumped) to complete and requires a 1-2 hour commitment per week. It’s designed with busy, ambitious & action-oriented people in mind.


Places in this course are kindly sponsored by the City of Ryde and are limited

  • Aged 16 - 26

  • Passionate about leading social change in you community

  • Can demonstrate your potential and commitment as an Emerging Civic Leader

  • Live, work or study in the City of Ryde

Apply now: [Applications close Sunday, 7th October at 11:59pm)

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*This is a pilot program. You will be among the first cohort of Emerging Civic Leaders to have early access to Y Vote’s newest program and work with the Y Vote team to test and refine its content.