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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.

Cookin' Beets

Cookin’ Beets is a cooking program that focuses on building life skills and social connections in a fun and relaxed environment.

This program is available for young people aged 18 to 25. 

Dates

This program will return in Term 2, 2024.

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

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

Skittles Program

Skittles is a fun, relaxed and supportive group for young people in high school, years 7 to 9, that identify from LGBQTIA+ communities.

Dates

This program will return in Term 2, 2024.

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

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

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Youth Voice

Please note: applications close on Monday 15 January 2024.

Youth Voice, Council’s youth reference group, is a program designed to engage local young people, providing them with an opportunity to advocate for a youth voice. Young people aged 12 and 17 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
  • actively participating in local government planning and decision-making
  • developing youth led initiatives and projects
  • participating in activities which build their skills and knowledge

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

Submit an application form

Bloom podcast

The Bloom podcast is created for young people, by young people in Boroondara. 

Applications will open in Term 3 for enthusiastic and aspiring young podcasters aged 15 to 25 to join our Bloom team.

For more information, visit our Bloom podcast page.

You can also email us any questions at [email protected], or call us on (03) 9278 4608.

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Solar Productions

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, smoke and vape-free. Solar Productions meet fortnightly on Thursday afternoons at the Boroondara Youth Hub.

To get involved:

The program is always open for expression of interest. If you'd like to join the program, email [email protected] to let us know you are interested, or fill in our participation form.

Submit a participation form

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. You can learn more about this initiative on the Youth Central Victoria website.

Play at a Solar Productions event

We are always looking for new acts of all genres, including acoustic and solo performers. Use our online form to express your interest.  

Submit a gig expression of interest

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

Studio Skills

Studio Skills is a 6-week program for young people aged 15 to 25, which uses the sound recording studio at the Boroondara Youth Hub.

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

Dates

During term 1 2024, Studio Skills will run from 4 pm to 6 pm on:

  • Friday 2 February
  • Friday 9 February
  • Friday 16 February
  • Friday 23 February
  • Thursday 29 February
  • Friday 1 March

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

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

The Studio Skills program is full for term 1 and will return in term 3.

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Victorian Youth Parliament 2024

Please note: applications close Friday 9 February 2024.

Do you have an interest in politics? Do you want to have your voice heard at the highest levels of the Victorian Government?

Youth Parliament is a program run by YMCA Youth Services that gives young people a chance to be heard at the highest levels of the Victorian Government. Through this program, young people between the ages of 16 and 25 can share their views on a wide range of issues relevant to their lives.

Youth Parliamentarians are supported in writing a bill which addresses a state-based issue that they would like to see changed or added into Victorian legislation. Bills are introduced into the Youth Parliament, debated, and voted upon during the sitting week held in the chambers of Parliament House, Victoria.

In 2023, our team successfully debated a Bill on Travel Emission Reduction Strategies.

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

Apply for Victorian Youth Parliament 2024

Employment support

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

JobCo is available every Tuesday from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Youth Hub. Find out more on the JobCo website.

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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