Deadline: 30th November 2020 | Age 18-29 |Break the Chain is an intensive online programme that will bring together young leaders and changemakers from across ASEAN and Australia to better understand modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour, and work together to find regional solutions.

From January 30th to February 28th 2021, the digital program will run over 5 sessions, delivered on the weekends, with further training and activities running alongside this.

The exclusive program will be co-delivered with partners and provide opportunities for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and skill-building through workshops and masterclasses with leaders in the field. The aim of the program is to create an energised, capable, and dynamic network of young people to become the next thought leaders and innovators on the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The program’s focus on building connections and promoting thought leadership amongst engaged, informed and capable youth will culminate in a report highlighting youth perspectives on policy and business solutions, opportunities for collaboration and the prominence of these issues in a post-COVID region.

Who can apply? The programmeaims to attract 40 young ASEAN and Australian citizens or permanent residents from all sectors and backgrounds, whether you are a young professional, business person, faith leader, early-career researcher, student, or social changemaker! All successful delegates must have some form of passion, knowledge, and experience of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.

Selection Criteria:

  • 18-29 years old
  • Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia or ASEAN member states
  • Experienced and passionate about modern slavery, human trafficking, or forced labour
  • Motivated and willing to commit the time for all sessions and activities
  • Demonstrated leader
  • Clear communication skills
  • Good written and spoken English

Delegates will also work on a team presentation alongside other delegates, and undergo external tasks to assist knowledge-building and intercultural training.

In the 4th and 5th sessions, delegates will begin work on the production of a youth voices communique that will be delivered, with the help of regional partners, to elevate and provide a platform for youth voices on a broader platform.

The programme will focus on: 

  • Developing and building knowledge about the nature of modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Upskilling young leaders in the field in important skills such as policy pitching, design thinking, and project planning
  • Creating a regional network of young people engaged in modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour and promoting Australian and ASEAN people-to-people relationships
  • Promoting and amplifying the voices of youth across the ASEAN region and Australia in the modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour space

The programme will provide delegates with the opportunity to share their own unique experiences within workshops and sessions, as well as facilitating the production of an Op-ed on the most prominent and emerging issues about modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour in the region. This Op-ed will be published on the AASYP Horizons blog.

Delegates will also contribute to the production of a youth voices communique that will, with the help of regional partners, be utilised to advocate for increased youth representation on a broader platform.

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 30th November, 2020