About YVA

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Young Voices for Animals was founded on the belief that young people can be a driving force for change.

In September 2018, YVA hosted Australia’s first ever Youth Animal Rights Conference to empower youth to develop and realise their vision for a better world. Previously, YVA launched Catalyst, a development program to help passionate young people become effective changemakers for animals.

YVA is no longer active as of early 2019. We have uploaded a number of our files and resources for public use, and you can find our old social media content at our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Meet our team

Dilan Fernando
Dilan is intent on creating as much positive impact as he can, with a keen interest in the issues of both humans and other animals. Having entered the world of social impact through Oaktree, Dilan has since led young people to execute a number of projects with Monash SEED, and also founded the Monash Vegan Society. Dilan holds a double degree in Commerce & Economics (Finance & Econometrics) from Monash University and works as a marketing professional.
Harley McDonald-Eckersall
Wielding equal parts compassion and ambition, Harley is passionate about using stories to change our perception of other animals and see them for who they really are. With a deep interest in both social justice and the creative arts, she served as a media intern with 40K, a social enterprise doing innovative education work in rural India, and has also interned at the Coopers Malthouse Theatre. Harley currently studies a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) and a Master of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash University.
Kianna Hope
Having been inspired by her social activist parents, Kianna has harboured a deep affection for other animals from an early age. Since then, she's served as President of the University of Melbourne Animal Protection Society, volunteered for the Animal Justice Party, and now works as a Public Engagement Assistant at Action for Dolphins. Kianna holds a Bachelor of Science (Animal & Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Certificate III in Community Services.
Nha Phuong Dang
Nha Phuong believes education is the key to positive change, and intends to become a teacher so he can empower young people every day. He was the President of the University of Melbourne Animal Protection Society, and has worked with young people through his tutoring work and as a high school peer mentor with In2Science. Nha Phuong holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the University of Melbourne.
Ella Frost
Always eager to use her voice for those in need, Ella is passionate about creating a society that protects all animals, as well as our natural world. She has been involved in various animal rights and environmental groups across Melbourne and is continually inspired by the community around her. Currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) at Swinburne University, Ella plans to become an academic specialising in Critical Animal Studies and Sociology of the Environment.