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Youthlinks has previously been sent as an email to our mailing list. NOW we will be sharing this resource live on our news page / blog!

In this newsletter you will find:

  • Youth voice opportunities
  • Events and opportunities
  • Programs
  • Training
  • Surveys

Youth voice opportunities

  • Brimbank and Maribyrnong Youth Services have collaborated once again to host one of the very first LGBTQIA+ Youth Soirees at the end of the year (December). This Soiree is a formal like event, in which will be a safe space for LGBTQIA+ identifying young people to have some fun, feel affirmed and dance the night away. They are currently taking applications for LGBTQIA+ identify and ally young people, 15 – 25 years of age, who may be interested in taking part in our Soiree Working Group! This group will plan the event and make the night special. Apply here by 18 July.
  • Butterfly Foundation is establishing a Body Kind Youth Advisory Group to inform their prevention programs, including a brand new education program for secondary schools that will explore the complex relationship between body image and social media, Body Kind Online Education. They want to young people aged 13-17, currently enrolled in Australian secondary school who are ideally curious about body image and/or social media. This group will inform/influence the development of the project, attend online meetings and activities, review materials, and share their insights and opinions as to how we can make this program relevant, engaging and beneficial for young people. Young people with parental/guardian consent can apply here.
  • YDAS is running a free online leadership program for young Victorians who identify as having a disability, chronic illness, being blind or vision impaired, being Deaf, neurodiverse and/or having lived experience of mental health issues. Participants who join get to grow their leadership and advocacy skills, gain confidence working in a team and get opportunities for jobs and volunteering. Learn more and apply here by 7 August.

Events and opportunities

  • Brimbank Youth Arts have released the latest newsletter of upcoming activities and events. Read here.
  • Match Works is hosting an amazing Rainbow Community Fair in Footscray on the 26th of July! It is a great opportunity for LGBTQIA+ and Ally identifying communities to come together and connect in an amazing way! Amongst other amazing opportunities, Joy FM and the Star Observer will also be present on the day to offer attendees opportunities to share their dream passions in their media corner! They are also offering services, organisations and community groups a chance to host a free stall on the day. Flyer.


  • Hume Youth Services is running the Level Up program, a workshop series that will equip young people aged 16 to 24 with the skills and mindset they need to start a business or enter the workforce. Topics include financial literacy, public speaking, leadership and more. Program will begin in August, register here. Flyer.
  • Jesuit Social Services delivers the Navigator program that supports disengaged young people aged 12 to 17 in Brimbank or Melton who have attended 30% or less of the previous school term, or not attending an education setting at all. Referrals are made via this form, information about eligibility and requirements are here, and information for schools here and for other service providers here. Flyer.
  • Arts Access Victoria is running Nexus, a free professional development program to tools they need to be a professional artist. This includes budgeting, bios, public speaking, grant writing and more. Nexus aims to give artists the tools to create a sustainable career in the arts. Nexus was originally created with mental health in mind, and that is still a strong part of the program.  It’s suited to emerging artists, however, even more established artists need a refresher every now and then. This is also a chance to meet other Deaf and Disabled artists and build your community. Program is run over 8 sessions, starting on 3 August. More information and application form here.
  • Edmund Rice Community & Refugee Services delivers the We Connect Mentoring Program for young people aged between 12 and 16. This program aims to increase meaningful social connections, educational engagement, and employment pathways for young people. There are two streams to this mentoring program, which include opportunities to go on excursions and camps:
    • Stream One: Creative arts on Monday afternoons, flyer
    • Stream Two: Soccer on Wednesday afternoons in partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club. Flyer 



  • Prevention United are launching our discussion paper “Reimagining Youth Mental Health: A discussion paper about how to tackle the youth mental health crisis.” They want to hear your thoughts on the causes driving the dramatic increase in youth mental health conditions, and the wellbeing and prevention programs and public policy solutions you think governments should implement to reverse this trend. Read the discussion paper here and summary version here. Share your thoughts and join the conversation by emailing

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