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

Cultural Banquet

Celebrate Youth Fest 2022 with our Cultural Banquet, where we will be cooking, connecting and exploring culture.

Expressions of interest are open from international students who would like to share their rich cultural history through a 3-minute video. Participants will also be sharing their favourite cultural dish to be enjoyed during a cooking workshop at Boroondara Youth Hub as we learn about the varying cultures of Boroondara.

Expressions of interest are open now and will close 29th July 2022.

The final day of festivities will be hosted by a professional chef who will deliver an international cooking workshop where we will learn how to make delicious food, hear about cooking and travelling experiences from around the world and most importantly connect. 

Cultural Banquet will run in the final week of September. Registration essential and tickets available from the first week of October.

Submit an expression of interest form

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth on (03) 9278 4608.

Cookin’ Beets Program

Cookin’ Beets is a free cooking-based life skills program for young people aged between 15 and 25.

The program will focus on creating a relaxed and engaging group atmosphere through working together on recipes and creating the right cooking vibe through our Spotify playlist.

No cooking experience is required, but registrations are essential.

Cookin’ Beets runs Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm.

Submit a participation form

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth on (03) 9278 4608.

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Cookin’ Beets with Swinburne University

This Cookin’ Beets program is for international students at Swinburne University aged from 18 to 25 years old. It aims to teach food culinary skills using staple products from the Swinburne Student Union Food Bank.

Registrations are essential.

Location: Boroondara Youth Hub, Level 1/360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Time: Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm


  • 2 August 2022
  • 9 August 2022
  • 16 August 2022
  • 23 August 2022
  • 30 August 2022
  • 6 September 2022

Submit a participation form

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth on (03) 9278 4608.

Boroondara Youth Voice

The Youth Reference Group, known as Boroondara Youth Voice, is a program designed to engage local young people, providing them with an opportunity to advocate for a youth voice. Young people aged 10 to 25 years old are invited to apply to participate.

The purpose of the group is to ensure that young people in Boroondara are heard and valued. It also provides them with opportunities to develop leadership skills and take part in community and civic events.

Objectives of the group include:

  • Providing young people with the opportunity to actively contribute to, participate in and benefit from civic and social activities in the community
  • Actively participating in local government planning and decision-making
  • Organising events and other opportunities for young people in the City of Boroondara as outlined in the Children and Young People’s Action Plan.

Applications for 2022 close on the 31st of January.

More information

For more information, contact our Youth Engagement Officer on (03) 9278 4608.

Submit a participation form

Skittles Program

Looking for an inclusive space to connect with other young people aged 13 to 18 that identify with the LGBQTIA+ community? Come and hang out with the Skittles crew for a fun, free, relaxed and supportive group which will include activities, chats and food.

Skittles drop-in runs on these dates:

  • Tuesday 14 June 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 21 June 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 5 July 4 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 19 July 4 pm to 5:30 pm

No registration required.

For more information email [email protected] or phone (03) 9278 4608.

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Studio skills

Studio Skills is a six-week program for young people aged 14 to 25 utilising the sound recording studio at the Boroondara Youth Hub.

This six-week workshop will run on:

  • Friday 15 July 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Friday 22 July 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Friday 29 July 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Friday 5 August 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Friday 12 August 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
  • Friday 19 August 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
A table with a keyboard, headphones and sound mixing equipment on it

Whether you are a beginner or keen to work on your material, you will have complete access to our studio, computer and software (Ableton Live 11), recording equipment and experts to support you to capture your ideas, experiment, and build your sound.

Submit a participation form

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth by emailing [email protected] or calling (03) 9278 4608.

Barista course and employment workshop

Our barista course is designed for young people aged between 18 to 25 years, looking to learn a new skill, or explore a new career in hospitality.

The course runs over 4 five-hour workshops:

  • Saturday 25 June 10 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday 26 June 10 am to 3 pm
  • Saturday 2 July 10 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday 3 July 10 am to 3 pm

Expressions of interest to participate have now closed.

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4608.

    Solar Productions

    Solar Productions enables young peoples’ participation in community life through leading the planning, development and delivery of music and cultural events.

    Designed for young people aged 12 to 25, the Solar Productions Committee plan and runs music, art and cultural events in the City of Boroondara that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free.

    To get involved:

    • Join the Solar Productions Committee to help plan events.
    • Attend a Solar Productions event and help support our young artists and event organisers. Check out our youth events and activities for current Solar Productions events or visit the Boroondara Youth Facebook page.

    The program is currently open for expression of interest and is planned to resume in early 2022.

    If you'd like to join the program, email your expression of interest to [email protected].

    The Solar Productions Committee meets every Monday afternoon at the Boroondara Youth Hub to discuss and plan Solar Productions events.

    Submit a participation form

    Play at a Solar Productions event

    We are always looking for new acts of all genres, including acoustic and solo performers.

    Submit a gig expression of interest form

    For more information, email [email protected] or call us on (03) 9278 4608.

    Solar Productions is funded by the City of Boroondara and FReeZA. FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, alcohol and smoke-free events for other young people.

    Jump Start Your Future Program

    Do you need support with education, training and employment? Boroondara Youth and Jobco are here to help you.      

    The program is currently open for expression of interest and is planned to resume mid-2022.

    Sessions are held at Level 1, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

    To express your interest, email Boroondara Youth at [email protected].

    Individual Participation Grants

    Individual participation grants help disadvantaged community members participate in sport and recreation.

    You can apply for up to 75% of annual sports club fees (capped at $200), subject to availability.

    Funding is paid directly to your sports club, which will then reduce your registration fee.

    Apply for an Individual Participation Grant

    For more information, contact Boroondara Youth at [email protected] or on (03) 9278 4608.

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