Youth News

NGV Teen Council

The National Gallery of Victoria is looking for local teens to join its first-ever NGV Teen Council and help shape a program for their peers.

Over one year, the council of 14- to 17-year-olds will exercise their creativity, experience the inner workings of the gallery and grow their professional and personal skills in the process.

The council members will assist in shaping the NGV's offering for teenagers, including planning for the biannual Art Party events, which give after-hours access to major NGV exhibitions, alongside music, dance, interactive activities and performances.

Applications close on Thursday March 1. For information on how to apply visit the NGV website

2018 - Bands @ Jets

Join our Bands @ Jets program FOR 2018

The program will run: 

Mondays from 4- 6

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 7

This is a great opportunity for bands and individual artists to come and rehearse at jets, start bands, tap into mentoring, support, free rehearsals, seek our performance opportunities and join the creative Jets community.

There are free fully equipped rehearsal rooms for Jets Crew Members


for more info or to join please contact Jets on: 9098 8000 -

Jets - 2/24 The Concord, Bundoora 



Free Wellbeing Coaching for Young People

NEMAI are offering a free wellbeing coaching program for people over the age of 16 who are experiencing an increase in life stress, challenges, signs of anxiety and/or depression.

The program is 6 x 1hr coaching sessions to support people to enhance their wellbeing - to work out what is happening for them now (build awareness), where they want to be (visioning and goal setting), how to get there (*skill and strategies) and how to support their wellbeing into the future (resilience).

NEMAI also offer a range of different workshops to support wellbeing - from one-offs to 6 weekly programs. 

Referrals: Self referrals welcome. You DO NOT need a referral from a GP or clinician. 

Intake line 8691 5450 or via our website 

Street Art & New Hope Program

Street Art & New Hope Program for 2018 beginning at the end of February on Wednesday evenings,

Are you an aspiring rapper, beat maker, artist, freestyler or graffiti writer?

Get involved in our Street Art Program and have the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects.

Suited for young people aged 14 - 19 with an interest in graffiti & hip hop culture

For more info, dates and times contact Lisa on 9457 9897 or lisa banyule-youth on facebook


2018 FReeZA Committee Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest for the 2018 FReeZA Committee are now open.

Join our FReeZA crew in 2018 and you will...

  • Gain musice expereince in planning and running live music/community events (incl. artist bookings, basic live audio skills and stage management)
  • Receieve training from industry professionals 
  • Book and run a stage at YouthFest 2018
  • Collaborate with other Banyule Youth Services groups around new projects of your own creation!

If you'd like to see first hand what FReeZA is all about, come to the Come and Try event for FReeZA

For info chat to Roland - 9098 8000 /

Watsonia Pop Up Skate Park Evaluation

In January 2018, Council ran a Pop Up Skate Park in Ibbotson Street, Watsonia. The Pop Up Skate Park operated for 18 days and offered a range of activities for people of all ages. 

Council received a positive response from participants at the Skate Park but now we want to hear from the local community about their experience of the Pop Up Skate Park. 

We have developed two surveys, one for residents local to the skate park, and one for traders in Watsonia. Please partner with us to share your thoughts on this Council initiative 



Council receives VicHealth Grant

Banyule Youth Services along with Himilo Community Connect have received a $50000 grant!

We are looking for local Somali Australian young people to be involved. The project will be running all year and and you can be a part of some or all of it.

If you are interested in the following please contact us to get involved!

  • Youtube clips
  • Film making
  • Editing
  • Interviewing

Or maybe you want to learn more about

  • Mental health
  • How to handle exam stress
  • Employment skills
  • Fitness and nutrition

There will be heaps of different trainings and sessions happening throughout the year. If there is something you want to learn let us know.

Contact- Jess Sayers 94579983

Himilo Community Connect The Harmony Centre shop 48 The Mall 

Short Bursts - School Holiday Program

The ‘Short Bursts’, program offers young people aged 8 – 14 years old a taste of a variety creative practices.  

What: Monday, Thursdays and Friday 8th January - 25th January 2018

Where: Shop 48 - The Harmony Centre - Bell Street Mall (Cnr Bell Street and Oriel Road Heidelberg West)

Please note that places are limited, and advance bookings are required.  A low cost fee of $5 per person per workshop is also required. 


For further information, feel free to contact Rob Ball or the team at Shop 48 on Tel: 8582 9501 /

Movies on the Move

Enjoy FREE family activities before the movie
BYO Picnic or food for purchase
BYO blanket or deck chair
Meet your local Councillor
Learn more about Council services and give us your feedback
For more info contact Council on 9490 4222

Watsonia Skate Park Pop Up - January 2018

Inclement weather may result in events being cancelled at short notice. Please visit for updates regarding activities


This January we are shutting down Ibbottson St in Watsonia and turning it into your new local skate park!

We’ll be running skate workshops for skateboard and scooter riders 7 days a week at 3-8pm from the 7th to the 24th of January.

Plus, there’ll be heaps of giveaways, comps, coaching and skills workshops happening throughout the 18 days the pop-up will be in action.

We’ll have scooter only sessions, Fem Fridays to make sure all the local girls get a chance to show off their moves and Workshop Wednesday’s run by and for young people to make sure your gear is in the best shape possible.

Never skated before? No problems!

Come along, borrow a deck and grab some expert coaching from the Ownlife crew who can teach you the basics and have you ollie-ing your way through the park in no time!

But hey, if skateboards and scooters just aren’t your thing, we’re going to have live music, art making, street art, food trucks and all kinds of other stuff going off in the space, so check the program for more details and head to the Banyule Youth Services Facebook page for the latest details.

If you would like to discuss anything further please don't hesitate to contact Council on 9490 4222

Sun 7 Jan: Grand Opening

Mon 8 Jan: Chalk It Up

Tue 9 Jan: Chalk It Up

Wed 10 Jan: Nesting Boxes and Workshop Wednesdays

Thu 11 Jan: Zumba Gold, Boxing, New Hope Hip Hop

Fri 12 Jan: nBot Battles and Femme Fridays Female Skate Session

Sat 13 Jan: Kids & Family Skate Session and Scooter Saturdays

Sun 14 Jan: Street Cricket

Tue 16 Jan: Design your own Tent for kids

Wed 17 Jan: Design your own Tent for kids and Workshop Wednesdays

Thu 18 Jan: Green Screen Effects and 80's Night

Fri 19 Jan: Archery Attack! - CANCELLED! and Femme Friday Skate Session

Sat 20 Jan: iPad basics, Kids and Families Skate Session and Scooter Saturdays

Mon 22 Jan: Yoga and Meditation and Archery Attack!

Tue 23 Jan: Get Crafty

Wed 24 Jan: Kids Art Activity and Closing Party






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