Youth News

Calling 13 - 18 year old animal lovers

Melbourne Zoo is on the lookout for students aged 13 to 18 years who have an interest in conservation and want to help us fight extinction to join Youth at the Zoo!

This 12-month program costs $250 and allows students to learn from animal and conservation experts and take part in education and conservation activities throughout the school holidays.

Summer school holiday activities commence in January 2015

Click here for more information 

Want $5K and to be published?

Feel like you're the next David Marr? We've got a chance for you to win a share of $5,000 worth of prizes, and to get published in your local Leader newspaper.

The 'Report it Right' campaign by the Department of Human Services is looking for feature or news pieces covering disability in Vic.

Check out the guidelines here and let's get those computers whirring!

Youth Central seeks young writers for paid writing gig

WANTED: young Victorians between 16 and 24 who want to get their ideas articles and interviews published online.

Young Victorians who are published on Youth Central will be paid for each article published as part of our Guest Reporter program.

Once you've had two guest reporter articles published on Youth Central you are eligible to join the official Youth Central Roving Reporter for six months, Roving reporters are paid to cover events and issues on behalf of Youth Central as well as coming up with their own ideas for articles and interviews that they wish to write.

Roving reporters receive hands-on editorial guidance and one-to-one mentoring in all aspects of freelance journalism, from developing ideas to perfecting their writing skills.  

Click here to apply


Are you a girl between 13-19 years old...

Not sure what course or job you want to get into? Want some information about TAFE classes and pathway options?

We are running 6 weeks of taster sessions, where you can try some new activities, have some fun and get some help discovering what to do next! Tasters will include hospitality, hairdressing, makeup, fitness and community services!

Open the image below for the outline of each session!


Email us at or call 9457 9929 for more info!

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Fines Friday

Starting in July 2014, Youthlaw will be running a Friday Fines Day for free legal assistance to young people under 25.

We can assist you to:

  • Get a list of all of your fines
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities about getting fines
  • Understand the kinds of things you can be fined for
  • Understand what the Sheriff can and cannot do to get you to pay the fines
  • Understand when fines go up and how you can stop that from happening
  • Ask the Court to take into account if you were homeless, struggling with mental health issues or drug or alcohol issues or if you have an ID or ABI
  • Ask for an extension of time or to go on a payment plan

It’s best to find out what you can do to deal with your fines early, before the Sheriff takes action.

WHO:                     Young people under 25

WHEN:                   Every Friday between 1pm and 5pm

WHERE:                19 King Street, Melbourne

Call us on 9611 2412 if you have any questions!

There's Life After Year 12 wants to let young people know THERE'S LIFE AFTER YEAR 12!!!  

They have put together for young people going through, or about to go through year 12 exam stress! 

For other tips on dealing with stress, exams, results, and even pracrastination check out 


2015 Victorian Young Achiever Awards

Young Innovators: Get Nominated

Nominations now open for the 2015 Victorian Young Achiever Awards Victorian Government announces new Innovation Award category for 2015 Awards aim to encourage and promote achievements of exceptional young Victorians


The purpose of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Victorians.


Minister for Youth Affairs and Awards Patron Ryan Smith urged people to nominate a young person who inspires others.


"The Victorian Young Achiever Awards recognise the leadership that young people demonstrate, and the contribution they make to the Victorian community," Mr Smith said.


"Young people have natural drive, creativity and initiative vital for driving change and generating new ideas, and our new award – the Victorian Government Innovation Award - recognises these qualities."


"The new Innovation Award celebrates innovation shown in many areas, including young people who have demonstrated innovation in the use of leading technologies, business start-ups, creative industries and social entrepreneurship."


Award Categories

The Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2014 recognise the achievements of young people in nine categories:

  • Victorian Government Innovation Award
  • Victorian Government Small Business Achievement Award
  • Australian Super Career Kick Start Award
  • Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
  • Bartercard Online Achievement Award
  • BASF Science and Technology Award
  • First National Leadership Award
  • Saward Dawson Community Service and Volunteering Award
  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Each of the winners will be presented with a trophy and $2000. One of the nine winners will also be chosen as the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year and receive a $2000 travel voucher from Jetstar.

More Information

Nominations for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards close on 5 December 2014.

For more information about award criteria and how to nominate, check out 

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