We believe that young people in Murrindindi Shire should have the best opportunities to shape hopeful and fulfilling futures. Council's Youth Services team deliver a range of programs which are available to all young people aged between 12 and 25 years who live, work or play in Murrindindi Shire. Our programs are delivered in partnership with other organisations and government agencies, made possible by funding from the Victorian Government.
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In late 2021 and early 2022, six young interns from across Murrindindi Shire completed the 'How Work Works' project, exploring how employers and young people look at youth pathways in our Shire, and how we can work better together to increase employment and training opportunities for youth. The findings of the project are outlined in the ‘How Work Works’ report, including what support young people need from schools, community, business and government to move into employment and training after school. The report also outlines what businesses look for in a potential employee. As a result of the project, our interns found that there are a huge amount of opportunities in the local area that they weren't aware of and our businesses found that there are a lot of keen young people out there looking for a job! For more information on the project, you can download the report here(PDF, 1MB). If you have any questions, please get in touch with Council’s Youth Services team.
Following the huge success of 'The Dindi Sessions' last year, the Youth Services team has once again partnered with a number of professionals to bring music industry mentoring, songwriting workshops and a pop up recording studio to Murrindindi Shire. And, it's all at no cost to the young artists except for the leap of faith in sharing their creativity with a broader audience. This program is supported by Victorian Government funding - FReeZA and Creative Victoria. You can see releases on the Youth Services Facebook page - Don't forget to 'Like' and 'Share'!
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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 2021 the team will be delivering workshops for Students in Year 9, 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.
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 offer an annual six month Leadership Program. The program is designed to encourage everyday leadership, positive peer relationships and civic participation. Registrations are open to 13-24 year olds across the Murrindindi Shire. Contact us if you would like to get involved.
Click here(PDF, 141KB) for last year's program overview.
Are you a young person aged between 12 -17 years who is interested in driving climate change action? We’re looking for 10 young people to lead the way as part of our Youth Climate Action Group.
The Group will take part in four to six youth climate action sessions over a six month period, develop and lead a Youth Climate Summit event and receive ongoing support from Council to drive other climate initiatives in the community.
No experience is necessary, but a passion for the future is a must. To register your interest in joining the Group, click here.