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
Young people will develop confidence and capabilities through participation in our Youth Services programs. Our programs assist young people to establish educational pathways and career direction. For example, 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.
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 are local action groups in Alexandra, Kinglake and Yea. Youth workers 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.
pLATFORM Youth Theatre in Yea is delivered by our Youth Services team as part of the FReeZA program. This fun and engaging program supports young people to explore performing arts including theatre sports, stage craft, voice, puppetry, costume, sound an lighting. The aim is to develop artistic expression and confidence in a safe and happy team environment. The group meets each Monday after school at the Yea Shire Hall.
Every Wednesday afternoon during the school term, youth gather at local hub 'The Embassy of Ideas' in Alexandra to participate in a Youth Services program. Participants enjoy a variety of activities, based on ideas they have come up with themselves. Activities include DJ workshops, art and craft projects, indoor and outdoor games, and sometimes just chilling out with mates if that's the mood of the day. The door is always open for new young people to join in! Food is provided.
Council is excited to be involved in the Kinglake Country Fair through the FReeZA program. Young people will be performing on the Youth Stage.
Recreation and Adventure
In partnership with Ellimatta Youth Services, Council supports young people to experience challenging and enjoyable activities in a range of environments. Over the school holidays young people participate in supervised activities that encourage team participation, stronger social networks, physical exercise, creativity and fun. Bookings are essential. 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 new 12-month program in late 2019, encouraging everyday leadership and positive peer relationships. The program design will support personal development, relationship building, community participation, project design and delivery. Registration will be open to 12-18 year olds across Murrindindi Shire. Stay tuned for more information!
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