Youth News

Create a Poppy for Remeberance

As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemoration, the 5000 Poppies project will be "planting" a field of more than 5000 poppies in Federation Square Melbourne as a stunning visual tribute to Australian servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Over 9000 poppies have in fact been collected to date.
Members of Yarra Plenty Regional Library are asked to contribute to the project by joining a library craft group or dropping in the home made poppies to any branch library.
Poppies can be knitted, crocheted, felted or sewn from any materials. Crafters are encouraged to dedicate their poppy to a member of their family who served in World War One.
Craft patterns and dedication forms can be found on the 5000 Poppies website.
Poppies will be collected and displayed together with their dedications in libraries for Remembrance Day November 11 2014 before being contributed to the Anzac Day display in Federation Square in 2015.

2014 Mission Australia Youth Survey


Mission Australia's Youth Survey 2014 is now on. You can find it at

  • We can get info about what local young people want if we get 100 or more surveys using the following Unique Code: 78802

Please jump on, enter your code and be heard - your views are important and help decision makers decide what to fund and how much money to give and also assists Banyule Council deciding what local young people need. It takes just a few minutes to complete.
Annual Youth Survey

Seven Wonders Silent Film Festival: Entries Open

Cameras, smart phones and tablets at the ready! Entries for the Seven Wonders Silent Film Festival are now open and there are over $5,000 in cash prizes to be won!
So, what is a Seven Wonders film?
Well, it's anything you make it...

  • Seven days, hours or moments in your life
  • Your story told in under seven minutes
  • Is the number seven really lucky?
  • Your seven favourite things about Geelong
  • Seven awesome things you can do that nobody else can
  • The only rule is that your film must be a 100% silent film (this includes no dialogue, ambient noise or music, but words in text form and soundless graphic effects are ok) and under seven minutes long!

Anyone can enter - aspiring and professional filmmakers, vloggers, YouTubers, artists, media students and school kids.
Any type of film is welcome - documentary, narrative, animation, art piece, adventure, comedy, thriller, action and more. You can even use still-images and add a bit of Ken Burns or get right into it with Final Cut Pro.
It is free to enter and all films must be received by 5:00pm Monday 21 April 2014.
Short-listed films will be screened at the National Wool Museum from 16 May to 27 July 2014. All films that meet the festival guidelines and terms and conditions will be made available online via the National Wool Museum's Seven Wonders Silent Film Festival YouTube playlist.


Cash prizes totalling $5,000 will be awarded to winners in each of the following categories:







Tertiary Students (or equivalent; under 25 years)



Secondary schools students (under 19 years)



Primary schools students (under 12 years)



There will also be a special prize of $500 for the best Seven Wonders silent film under one minute in length.
For more

Boardies Day 2014

Surf Lifesaving memebers volunteer over 1.4 million hours of their time per year! 
Boardies Day is an annual fundraising event to raise vital funds for lifesaving services throughout Australia. It's a day to celebrate summer, our beaches, our lifestyle and our volunteer lifesavers that give up their time to protect us all at the beach.
Staff at WaterMarc will be swapping their usual uniforms for their boardies to help fundraise for these vital surf lifesaving services!
You can donate at WaterMarc or search for "WaterMarc" on to help their fundraising efforts!
Click here for more information  

Me, My Selfie & I

Experiment with photography, projection, shadows, online spaces and live performance to create and perform a work about you. Open to young women aged 13 to 20.

Over six weeks of creative sessions, lead by professional artists, the Me, My Selfie and I project explores ways of making and mixing solo performance and visual self portraits using photography, video, the physical body, projections, shadows, online spaces and live performance. 

Dates and times: Saturday 5 April, 11am to 4pm; Sunday 6 April, 1pm to 4pm; and Wednesdays 9 to 30 April, 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Bookings essential: Book online
More info go to:

Join the Fifth Army Campaign to Win!

The Fifth Army is a movement that raises awareness and reduces stigma around mental health issues in young people. Together we can start a revolution to change the way people think about mental health.
Enlist before the Day of Action, (March 28th 2014) to support the cause and get the message out there! There are challenges to complete and great prizes to be won including Grill'd vouchers, Shoes from Rubi Shoes, Tshirts and Backpacks!  
For more info check out

Last Call For 3 More Mens Teams!

The first 3N3 Basketball Summer League kicks off this weekend in Melbourne at Bundoora Action Indoor Sports Stadium. The Mens Division (16 & Over) is set to start on Sunday 23rd Feb and there are only 3 spots left. Get your mates together and register a team. For players 15 & Under, we offer personal training, clinics & games Sunday morning.
More Info & Registration at or Ring 94672422

Back into the Study Swing

So, school is back for another year, the fondness of new stationary is wearing off and some of those resolutions about being completely on top of your school work may feel a bit out of reach... Feel like you're never going to get ontop of it?
Don't Panic!
The great people over at Youth Central have created some great study guides, regardless of which level of education you're at. If you want to some study techniques, you're settling into VCE or you're getting ready for uni. For inspiration or motivation check out

Go in the draw to win an iPad Mini by having your say!

Go in the draw to win an iPad Mini by having your say!
All you need to do is to have your say about how you think Banyule Council is going in its job of making Banyule a better place to live, work and play.
Whether you are passionate about our services for young people or about Banyule's natural environment, there's an online survey for you. Do a short online survey or a more detailed survey on one or more topics - it's your choice!
Click on the Survey link below to start responding!



Darebin City Council are currently looking for 10 dedicated and enthusiastic young people, aged 15 - 18 to become members of their FReeZA program throughout 2014.
The FReeZA program is a Victorian State Government funded initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.
The one year program gives all participants hands on experience and training in the contemporary music industry, through extensive event management mentoring and networking opportunities. At weekly meetings, committee members will develop skills in a range of areas including:

  • Stage Management
  • Technical and Sound Production
  • Promotions and Marketing
  • Visual Design
  • Video Editing and Production
  • Photography
  • Artist Liaison and Bookings
  • Sponsorship
  • Media and Communications

Application packs for the 2014 Darebin FReeZA program can be downloaded via the Darebin City Council website:
Applications close Friday 28 February 2014.

For more information or to apply contact Decibels Youth Music Centre on 8470 8001 or check out

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