Young people

Youth Services believes in the vision, voices and creativity of young people. We provide an exciting range of programs for young people aged 12 -25. 

These programs upskill, engage, inspire and provide new opportunities to young people. They develop personal skills and interests while creating change in the Ballarat community.  

Volunteer Programs   

  • Youth Ambassador - Learn leadership and life skills. Team building, community networking and social connections. 

  • FReeZA Program ‘Sonika’- Learn live music and event management skills. Deliver all-ages music, arts, cultural and recreation events.  

  • Young Eventers – Learn event management, team building and develop social connections. Deliver youth-designed events and activities that promote health and wellbeing. Examples include R U OK? Day, IDAHOBIT, IDPWD and annual Youth Awards.   

  • Youth Awards – youth-led annual event to celebrate the contribution young people make to Ballarat. 

  • Youth Facilitator Training - mentoring and training opportunities to develop skills. Deliver paid workshops within the community in young person's area of interest.   

  • Youth led workshops, events and activities – Youth Facilitators plan and deliver workshops at community events and venues. Examples include arts, cooking, photography, music, screen printing, etc   

  • Skills for Life – training and skill development opportunities to enable young people to reach their full potential in education, vocation, and community. Examples include training in media/podcasts, barista, water safety, environmental sustainability, first aid.  

  • Western Bulldogs Leadership Program - opportunities for young people aged 14 to 16. Build confidence, make new friends, and develop skills to become community leaders.  

  • Young Entrepreneurs Program - build skills around enterprise and business development.  

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Youth Profile  

The Youth Profile provides an understanding of the concerns and circumstances of young people in Ballarat. 

This base of knowledge is essential to plan programs that support the local community.  

The profile was developed from various sources and should be used alongside consideration of the policies and activities of organisations, Local, State and Federal governments. 

Read our Youth Profile