Break the Chain
Look below to check out our delegate-led Communique!
What is Break the Chain?
Break the Chain brings together young leaders from across ASEAN and Australia to understand, and discuss regional solutions to, issues of modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour.
From January 30th to February 28th 2021, the digital program ran over 5 sessions, delivered on the weekends, with further training and activities provided alongside this.
This exclusive program was co-delivered with partners and provided countless opportunities for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and policy outputs through capacity-building workshops and masterclasses with leaders in the field. The program helped us to create an energised, capable, and dynamic network of young people who are the next thought leaders and innovators on the topic of modern slavery and human trafficking.
2021 Programme Details
The programme consisted of a series of exclusive webinars, skill-based workshops, cultural-sharing, and networking events led by the Break the Chain team, the delegates’ themselves, and leading organisations working on modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour in the region.
This programme provided delegates with the opportunity to discuss their own unique experiences within workshops and sessions, helping to learn from each other, share their perspectives, and amplify their impact on these pressing issues.
The programme focused 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 and development
- Creating a regional network of young people engaged in modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour and promote Australian and ASEAN person-to-person relationships
- Promoting and amplifying the voices of youth across the ASEAN region and Australia in the modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour space
During the online programme, delegates were required to write one (1) Op Ed on current trends, challenges and cooperation regarding modern slavery in the ASEAN-Australian region. This Op-ed will soon be published on the AASYP Horizons blog and promoted to wider AASYP networks.
Delegates also worked on a team presentation alongside other delegates, and underwent external tasks to assist knowledge-building and intercultural training.
In the 4th and 5th sessions, delegates began work on the production of our youth voices communique that will soon be delivered, with the help of regional partners, to elevate and provide a platform for youth voices on a broader platform.
The Break the Chain programme was run every Saturday beginning on 30 January 2021 and concluding on 28 February 2021, with the final weekend taking place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Once delegates have completed the digital programme, they were inducted into the Break the Chain Alumni Programme. The Alumni Programme includes further exclusive social sessions, networking with delegates and partners, and professional opportunity promotion.
Session 1: Launch
Session 2: Discover
Session 3: Collaborate
Session 4: Act
Session 5: Resolve
What do delegates gain?
The Break the Chain programme aims to connect, upskill, and empower delegates to become the next regional thought leaders and innovators on the topic of modern slavery, human trafficking, and forced labour.
Who is eligible to be a delegate?
We selected 40 young ASEAN and Australian citizens or permanent residents from all sectors and backgrounds. People were eligible whether they were 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.
- 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
Applications are now closed.
2021 application outcomes were advised in mid-December, 2020.
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Please note that successful applicants are required to sign up as members of AASYP at aasyp.org/sign-up. Members are able to access our programmes, exclusive events and opportunities.
Yes! Break the Chain is open to ALL Australian and ASEAN member citizens or permanent residents aged 18-29 years old who have demonstrated passion and experience in modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
Yes! If you have a demonstrated passion and understanding of these issues, definitely apply.
- 26 hours over the course of 1 month
- 6 hours on Saturdays + Sprint Weekend + time spent on op-ed
- You must be able to attend a minimum of 80% of all activities to apply.
Yes! Whether you’re on exchange or working in another country, as long as you’re an Australian/ASEAN citizen or permanent resident and willing to commit the time, you can apply for the programme.
Unfortunately, this program is only open to citizens or permanent residents of ASEAN member states and Australia.
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Check out the op-eds from our delegates!