While COVID-19 affects people in different ways, the social and economic impacts on young people have been significant. This includes rising unemployment, declining mental health and interruptions to their education and lives.

A recent survey told us that mental health is important for young people in Boroondara, with 96% of participants indicating that mental health was either important or very important to them. Download our Children and Young People’s Action Plan for more information.

Loneliness and social isolation were raised as key issues, with many participants stating that they would value more opportunities to connect with peers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Programs available for young people during the pandemic

Boroondara Youth offered a variety of projects to help participants stay connected, including:

GoYA’s The Social Imagination Project

These free online classes brought together young people from a diverse range of practices to contribute to the GoYA exhibition at the Youth Hub.

The project gave participants the opportunity to showcase visual art, music, dance, creative writing and performances that were created during lockdown.

Move and Connect Grants

The Move and Connect program offered international and local students living or studying in the City of Boroondara the chance to try a range of different sports and activities for free.

Participants could join programs such as soccer, tennis, barefoot bowls, adult gymnastics, HIIT, yoga, badminton, swimming, cycling, croquet, hockey and Zumba.

Bloom Series

Boroondara Youth has developed a podcast series that gives young people a platform to share and talk about their mental health journey during lockdown.

The podcast profiles four young people in Boroondara who have found social connection and improved their health and wellbeing through projects offered by the City of Boroondara.

Visit Bloom podcast to listen to the series.

Programs available for young people in Boroondara

If you’re 10 to 25 years old and live, work or study in the City of Boroondara, we have a range of youth programs you can get involved in.

Our programs are a great way to meet like-minded people, make friends, learn new skills and connect with the community.

Whether it’s volunteering, organising music events, joining an art program or participating in local government planning, there’s something to suit all ages and interests.

Visit Join a youth program to see a full list of programs on offer.

Mental health support services

Boroondara Youth continues to work closely with community organisations and service providers to ensure young people have greater knowledge about mental health, feel safe to talk openly about their struggles and feel supported when they ask for help.

Youth workers are available on-site at the Youth Hub to chat and offer referrals for mental health or accommodation services. Headspace Hawthorn is also co-located as part of the Youth Hub.

Visit Find help and support to find a list of support services for mental health, addiction, housing, food, referral and treatment services.

Contact triple zero (000) if your situation is an emergency.