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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 

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!

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