Youth News

Attention student/aspiring photographers!

Attention student/aspiring photographers!

YACVic is looking to work with a young person (up to 25 years old) currently studying or aspiring to study photography to help work on imagery for our new brand.

The collaboration would be done on a volunteer basis, but of course your work would find a wide audience around the youth sector, and could be great for your portfolio if you are looking to build it up.

We are particularly interested in people who have done portraiture or are interested in doing portraiture. It would help if you were Melbourne based, or willing to travel to Melbourne.

Get in touch with a little bit about yourself and some examples of your work by emailing by January 2nd, 2015.


The youth workers here at Banyule Youth Services are always keeping an eye out for new technology and apps, especially if its good for your health and well being, and we've just stumbled upon Life Charge!

An app (currently only available through Apple's "AppStore") that is a super quick and easy way to journal those daily life events... and allows you to have a bigger picture view of how things affect you.... a great way to work with your strengths and to address some of those difficult life moments from a different angle! Follow the link if you're curious!

Your Community - Your Council - Your Say!

We want your feedback on the projects and services we are delivering at Banyule City Council. This info will be used to better plan specific initiatives for Year 3 of the City Plan 2013-2017.

Are we doing enough, too much or not enough? Are our priorities right? Have your say in shaping Banyule’s future... and go into the draw to win an iPad mini!

For all the information, and access to the survey go to:

Volunteer with Young Refugees in the Ucan2 program…

Our volunteers help newly arrived young refugees settle happily into a new life in Australia.

Could you help young people make the most of opportunities while balancing some of the challenges of day to day life?

We are seeking volunteers in 2015 for programs based in:

  • Dandenong
  • Noble Park
  • Collingwood
  • Preston
  • Box Hill


Volunteers will volunteer for  2 ½ hours a week, between 12pm and 3:30pm, for 18 weeks.

The Ucan2 program starts in February 2015 and finishes in June 2015, with interviews and training throughout December and January.


You will be joining a fun and dynamic group to help with:

  • Living in Australia
  • Practicing conversational English
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Getting around and making friends
  • Developing skills to find work
  • Exploring further education options
  • Having fun!!!


Are you:

  • Over 18
  • Interested in learning about different cultures
  • Want to make a difference in a young person’s life
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and fun
  • Able commit to 2 ½ hours, one afternoon a week
  • Able to start in February for 18 weeks?


View more information and apply online at


Contact the Ucan2 Project Officer on (03) 9340 3700 or email

Yarra Plenty Regional Library - YRead summer reading program

Monday 1 December 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015

Aged 13-18?

YRead is Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s summer reading program which runs from Monday 1 December 2014 until Sunday 1 February 2015. This summerYRead will have you Reading Under the Stars, and each of our library branches will have events on throughout the school holidays to celebrate this theme. See the events flyer in your sign up pack for more details.

What you need to do…
  1. Register - Sign up from 1 November 2014 by clicking here
  2. Collect - Visit any Yarra Plenty Regional Library branch to collect your Sign Up Pack that includes flyers and freebies (available from Monday 1 December 2014)
  3. Submit – Every time you finish reading three items, between Monday 1 December 2014 to Sunday 1 February 2015, submit this online form
Each time you submit your reading list you’ll be put in the running to WIN a Microsoft Surface 2 or Beats by Dre Studio 2.0 Headphones
You can read books, e-books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, reviews, graphic novels or comics, as well as audio books and e-audiobooks. The more you read the better your chance is to WIN!
If you need to sign up for a free library card, you can print off this membership form; and get your parent or guardian to fill it in. They will then need to take it to any of our branches along with some form of photo ID to complete the sign up process.

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Sustainable Homes & Communities Program 2015

Would you like to lead sustainability initiatives in your community? Do you live, work or study in the Cities of Darebin or Banyule? If so, the Sustainable Homes and Communities Program would like to offer you free training in how to run a community project as well as increasing your environmental sustainability knowledge.

The Community Leaders in Sustainability program will provide skills and training in project management, leadership, grant writing, effective marketing, building partnerships, community group member recruitment and advocacy, as well aspects of environmental sustainability.

At the end of the training program, participants will put their new found knowledge and skills into practice, and work to deliver a project which creates positive environmental outcomes in their local communities.

This free course is one session every fortnight for 16 weeks. It will be held at Darebin Council offices in Preston every second Thursday evening (for Darebin residents), and at Ivanhoe Town Hall every second Tuesday evening (for Banyule residents).

Email for an application form. Applications are due Friday 12th December 2014. 

Christmas Job Guide

Do’s and Don’ts When Handing in Your Resume


  • Dress neatly- smart casual clothing
  • Always have a friendly attitude and smile!
  • Be prepared-know the details about the position and what your availability will be
  • Present your resume neatly- in a plastic pocket or folder
  • Apply for as many jobs as you can
  • Use as many methods of application- online and in person
  • Make sure you provide correct contact details (phone number and email)- ensure you check your emails regularly and answer the phone professionally
  • Go into stores, restaurant and cafes with your resume even if they are not advertising, jobs come up all the time and it’s good to have your foot in the door
  • Follow up on jobs- contact employers a few days after you apply


  • Lie- be honest about your skills and availability, employers value honesty and respect
  • Hand your resume in with a friend or family member- try and go by yourself, this shows independence and motivation\
  • Don’t get discouraged if you do not get a job straight away- keep applying!


Some of the local job opportunities attached below thanks to our wonderful work experience students

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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 

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