SUPPORTING ABC Heywire
INSPIRING IDEASIt's a chance to share youth issues with government
The Heywire Regional Youth Summit talks bring together young people, politicians, youth organisations and the ABC.
Proudly supported by SALLYAttending the awards dinner
Mike & Geraldine shown here attending the 2016 Youth Summit Awards Dinner in Canberra. Photo by Mark Graham.
WHAT IS THE ABC HEYWIRE PROGRAM?
This catalytic program helps community groups implement the ideas and solutions that emerge from the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit.
Each February, about 40 young people from rural and regional Australia gather in Canberra to engage in youth-led national conversations about issues that matter to them. Together they develop brilliant ideas to improve the lives of young Australians.
Read more about ABC Heywire...
Some of the Heywire participants have gone on to create real change in their regional communities. In 2017 ABC launched a follow-on program called Trailblazers to provide them the opportunity to share their stories on the ABC and in video to spread the word.
Read more about Trailblazers below...
The Importance of ABC Heywire
WHY 'SALLY' SUPPORTS ABC HEYWIRE
Because the impact of this program is far more than just the projects themselves. It encourages young people to speak up and take action, becoming the next generation of regional entrepreneurs and leaders.
This intersects perfectly with what the Sally Foundation thinks is important - fostering the development of young Australians and young people across regional and rural Australia in particular.
Sally partners with FRRR (Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal) who provide grants to help communities adopt the ideas that emerge from ABC Heywire.
GERALDINE'S THOUGHTS ON HEYWIRE
"I have attended and participated as a mentor in 4 Heywire Summits where 40+ young people throughout rural and regional Australia come to Canberra for one week; each time I am amazed and excited by their vivacity, creativity and determination to find new solutions to the concerns of young people.
The topics/themes are timely issues ranging from sustainable careers in Agriculture, to Mental Health issues, to Diversity and many others... whatever is important to the local community.
I feel privileged to be invited to be part of this process and be in the presence of the future leaders of our country.
Having worked with troubled young people I am very aware that it takes great courage to tell their personal story to the public. The ABC team supports and encourages these young people to tell their stories and capture their audience.
As a funder/partner to the FRRR/ABC Heywire Grants I find it very exciting that many projects have an impact long after the 12 month funding period. It is rewarding and uplifting to see these original ideas taken forward and sometimes attracting larger funders."
Founder / Director Sally Foundation
TRAILBLAZERS - by ABC Heywire
Trailblazers was introduced by ABC Heywire in 2017 to help enable regional changemakers to further develop their ideas/programs through mentoring and skills enhancement. This also encompasses exposure of their ideas on ABC to create awareness.
Trailblazers ABC Interview
Each year, Geraldine works with the ABC and the amazing young Trailblazers to mentor them and help them get to the next level with their projects.
In 2020 we launched the Sally Foundation Trailblazers Development Fund in partnership with ABC and FRRR to provide "helping hand grant funding" to assist these young people in capacity building their organisations and developing their leadership skills.
$20,000 in grants were awarded - read more here ->>