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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’s Resilience Survey data told us that 50% of female secondary students are not engaged in physical activity and activities outside of school. BYS have developed a survey to understand more about participation, barriers and attitudes toward physical activity and help inform new programs that support this group to be active and connected. By completing the survey, young people can also enter the draw to win a $30 Rebel Sport Voucher and BYS Prize Pack. This survey is open to female-identifying and non-binary people aged 12-19; survey closes 20/08/2023. Survey can be accessed via link –
  • The Y is hosting a Youth Fest Event called GenZen: Revive & Thrive, a day retreat in nature for young people aged 14-17 years old on Thursday, 28 September. The day includes transport and meals and is completely free and open to young Victorians state wide. If you have any young people who might be interested in attending can express their interest here by 31 August.
  • 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

  • CMY‘s Speak Up Program is launching their gender equity exhibition Beyond Fairytales, designed by and for young people. Register here to attend the opening night at the Phoenix Youth Hub in Footscray on Wednesday, 2 August. The exhibition can be checked out throughout the month of August Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Flyer
  • Trade Women’s Australia will be holding a pathways into trades information session next Wednesday August 2 here at the Visy Hub in Sunshine. There will be two sessions 10.30am-11.30am and 5.30pm-6.30pm. This could be an excellent opportunity for any young women who are interested in getting into a trade or curious about a trade as a career. Flyer
  • OPEN has opened EOIs for people working with young people to present at the OPEN Symposium 2023 that will be held online on 25-26 October. Submit your EOI by 4 August. More information here.
  • Skate Learn Connect is coming to Keilor Downs Skate Park (Opposite Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre)! Join us for an afternoon of skateboarding for young people aged 12-24, skills workshops, youth employment support and advice, free snacks, and giveaways. Sign up via this link or just turn up!
  • Brimbank‘s Draft LGBTQIA+ Action Plan has just a week left of it’s community consultation left. This is open for the public to give feedback, deadline to have your say is on 27 July. Read the draft plan and give feedback here. Flyer.
  • VHBA is hosting a Spotlight event on Hepatitis B on Thursday 3 August, register here.
  • Brimbank Youth Arts have released the latest newsletter of upcoming activities and events. Read here.


  • Breakthru is running School Leavers Employment Supports for young people aged up to 22 to gain real-world experience and build their capacity to reach their individual employment goals. They run two groups in St Albans on Mondays, and in Broadmeadows on Wednesdays. More info here.
  • Vic Health has launched their new Strategy 2023-2033, Reshaping systems together for a healthier, fairer Victoria. Check out the summary of the strategy and read the whole strategy here.
  • 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 hereFlyer.
  • 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 hereFlyer.
  • 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 



  • RMIT is conducting a research project on communication between schools and non-English speaking families. They want to run focus groups or one-on-one interviews with Multicultural Educational Aides, and other school workers that engage with non-English speaking families. Apply your interest to participate here or contact PhD student Elvira Bianchi here.
  • University of Melbourne wants to hear new ideas about how to support young people after an early encounter with police. They are looking for young people aged 16-29 who have had a past encounter with police, either reporting a minor crime or being arrested for one. The young people can be part of a small group discussion or an interview and will be paid a $50 eGift care as thanks for their time. Learn more and apply here.

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