Young people are integral to the Ballarat community and make significant contributions to community life. 
 
The City of Ballarat values and promotes opportunities for young people 12 -25 and the ‘byou’ Youth Development team deliver programs and initiatives through a ‘Positive Youth Development’ Framework.
 
This approach provides council with a framework of principles for improving health and wellbeing outcomes of young people and contributes towards the achievement of our vision:
 
“…for young people in Ballarat to be actively engaged, valued and respected citizens, realising their potential”.
 
Byou initiatives include;
  • Youth led workshops, events and activities including photography, various art mediums, life skill programs and more.
  • Youth Council – leadership, skill building, social connection and involvement in your community.
  • FReeZA Program ‘Sonika’ – delivering all age music, arts and cultural events.
  • Girl Space – young women’s health and wellbeing, social and recreational program.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Program - skill building around enterprise skills and business development.
  • Youth Collective – connecting young people and community youth leadership groups in social and change making opportunities.
  • Volunteering opportunities through Youth Council and FReeZA programs.
  • Youth Awards – annual event to recognise the valuable contribution that young people make to our community through a variety of award categories.
  • Youth Facilitator Training – training and mentoring opportunities to support skill development and employment opportunities.
 
Byou works closely with a number of other agencies and organisations to inform young people about local services. Byou also offers a wide range of low cost or free events for young people, catering to a mix of interests.
 
Stay up-to-date at the Byou Facebook page, facebook.com/ballaratyouthservices
 
For more information call 5320 5140, visit Byou Facebook page or email youth@ballarat.vic.gov.au