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.

Ripple’s Career Lab

Did you know it takes almost 5 years for the average young Australian to secure full time work?

In an effort to support young people in the City of Boroondara, we've developed a pilot program with Ripple’s Career Lab that aims to build practical skills to land a job.

From mid-October, 12 young people aged 18 to 25 years old from Boroondara will take part in the new program.  

It includes 5 weekly online sessions where participants will:

  • learn practical skills
  • meet industry experts 
  • build their network to accelerate their careers. 

It also includes expert guest speakers who will share their lessons, advice, fails and wins. 

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr Norman Swan, health broadcaster with the ABC
  • Ttobie Arowobusoye, leader of sustainability and social impact at 4Pines Brewing Company
  • Emma Grover, leader of community building for over 55 million users of Canva. 

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Natasha Buddhipala, Youth Engagement Officer on [email protected] or 0448 295 189.

Cookin’ Beets Program

Cookin’ Beets is a free 10-week cooking based life skills program for young people aged between 15 and 25.

The next program begins in mid-August.

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.

To accommodate program participants we aim to work with individual’s availability to arrange a time that works for participants within operating days and hours of the Youth Hub (Mon to Fri between the hours of 12pm to 6pm excluding public holidays).

No cooking experience is required, but registrations are essential as this program will run at limited numbers.

Register for Cookin’ Beets

For more information, contact Boroondara Youth on 9278 4608.
 

5 young people wearing masks, standing around a bench with a pan and chopping board.

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.

More information

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

To express interest in joining Boroondara Youth Voice, complete the Application Form and email it to [email protected]

    Skittles Program

    Are you aged 13-18 and identify as LGBTIQA+? If so, we would love you to join us every Thursday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the Boroondara Youth Hub, 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn. Take part in workshops and activities in a safe and relaxed space.

    To register contact Boroondara Youth at [email protected] or on 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 12-25, 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.

    Join the Committee

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

    If you'd like to be part of Solar Productions, please fill in our 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 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 Services and Jobco are here to help you.      

    Drop in from 3pm to 5pm the first and last Tuesday of every month to see Kev who can help you Jump Start Your Future! He is here to help with job applications, resumes, education options and advice.

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

    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 9278 4608.

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