Council's Youth Services are available to all young people aged 12-25 who live, work or play in Murrindindi Shire. All programs are delivered in partnership with other organisations, both Government and Non-Government.
Youth Services are delivered under the following six themes:
Health and Wellbeing
Council's Youth Services support the healthy development of young people. All programs encourage personal development and positive outcomes for participants. In 2019 the team will be delivering workshops for Students from Grade 6 to Year 12, exploring themes of self-care, support for peers and leadership development.
Employment and Enterprise
Council employs a skilled workforce to deliver the seasonal pool program between November and March annually. Young people from the age of 16 are eligible to become qualified lifeguards. Each year there is upwards of 25 positions available across four locations. The FReeZA program provides opportunities for young people to have direct experience in the music and performing arts industries while gaining project management, marketing and team work skills. Young people develop confidence and capabilities through participation in our Youth Services programs which assist in establishing educational and career pathways.
Our service partners also provide opportunities for small business establishment, job readiness and industry work experience. Examples include a Coding Club and a Makers Space program:
The Youth Services team understand the challenges faced by young people in navigating and balancing education, employment, social and family life. We have strong relationships with local specialist services and can support referral when required.
There are some great online services available for young people and their care providers, including:
Music and Arts
The FReeZA program provides opportunities for young people to organise and enjoy live band gigs, dance parties and other cultural and artistic events. FReeZA events are drug, alcohol and smoke-free, and are held in supervised and safe venues.
FReeZA supports young people to take an active role in designing, organising and managing community events. There is a local action group comprising of young people from all across the Shire. Council's Youth team are on hand to mentor young people with their programs and projects. Gaining experience as a volunteer increases individual confidence and supports building strong relationships with peers and networks, local businesses, schools and other community organisations.
Recreation and Adventure
In partnership with local organisations, Council supports young people to experience challenging and enjoyable activities in a range of environments. Over the school holidays, Ellimatta Youth Inc. in Kinglake, provide supervised activities that encourage team participation, stronger social networks, physical exercise, creativity and fun. Bookings are essential. These activities are currently only run out of the Kinglake district. Click here for more information.
Our Youth Services team believes in every young person's leadership ability. Our programs build confidence and personal development in all participants to support their active involvement in projects, teams and social environments.
Youth Services will be launching a six month pilot Leadership Program in April 2020, encouraging everyday leadership, positive peer relationships and civic participation. The program design will support personal development, relationship building, community participation, project design and delivery. Registrations will be open to 12-18 year olds across Murrindindi Shire. Stay tuned for more information!
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