Youth News

Calling all writers and poets

It’s that time in Banyule again, In Space - The 2015 Banyule Award for Works on Paper exhibition is on and they are inviting writers to compose a piece of prose or poetry in response to the theme in space or finalist exhibition artwork.

Entries will be displayed in the Banyule community and presented live at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space on Thursday 26 November at 7.00pm, hosted by Poet-In-Residence Helen Lucas. 

Click here for details and guidelines and to download the entry form. Entries open Monday 19 October to Friday 20 November.

There is also a free poetry workshop with Banyule Award for Works on Paper Poet-In-Residence Helen Lucas and a guided curator tour of the exhibition! See the Events Brochure for more details. 

Enquiries to Kate Hansen

Schools Out Loud

JOY 94.9 are offering something pretty awesome for young people who identify as LGBTIQ or who are questioning their sexuality..

Schools Out Loud is a project that provides no-cost radio training to LGBTIQ young people and provides them with connection and support from our diverse communities.

Young people will learn about presentation, production and podcasting, then use this knowledge to create shows and have content published online. The shows will focus on promoting diversity and inclusion from a youth perspective, with a massive emphasis on how young people can support each other.

The program is completely FREE and is open to LGBTIQ and questioning young people and their allies 15 years and over who are enrolled in secondary school.

Banyule Young Artists Group

Jets is proud to host this visual arts workshop group for anyone aged 15 - 25 on every Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 2/24 The Concord, Bundoora, VIC, 3083

This is a new group and we are open to your ideas about what we should focus on. Current ideas include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Digital Media
  • Craft
  • Artistic Collaborations

Bring your own sketchbook & materials 

For more info call Jets on 9098 8000

New Hope. Volume Won

In the ever expanding Australian Hip Hop landscape, New Hope is a Jewell in the rough. A collective of emcee’s and producers from Melbourne’s north, New Hope sets a story of Melbourne untold by many of their contemporaries. Starting in late 2014 and based at Jets, New Hope gives a voice to the new generation of youth through the art of hip hop. Each from diverse and unique backgrounds, the New Hope collective are not afraid to speak their mind and put it to record. Be the first to hear their latest work, soon to be released on the much anticipated ‘Volume Won’


Circus Oz - Teen Holiday Classes

Teens Classes: Holiday Classes

Holiday classes are a great introduction for those looking to join the term, try something new or keep up their skills between terms.

Our professional trainers are all highly skilled and experienced, and many of them are also practising performers. You can check them out on our Trainers Page.

Every class participant needs to have a consent form signed either by a legal parent or guardian (under 18's) before commencing classes. A new consent form must be signed each year. The teens classes consent form can be downloaded from the right of this page.


Monday 21 & 28 September - 6.00pm-7.30pm - 2 Sessions for $60.00

A teens only session introducing the basics on aerial apparartuses such as rope, tissu, static trapeze and aerial ring. Kick off with climbing and wrapping and progress to spinning, holding poses and learning sequences.

Trainer/s: Merryn Chenoweth



Thursdays 24 September & 1 October - 6.00pm-7.30pm - 2 Sessions for $64.00

A teens only chance to fly through the air on our indoor 'Petit Volant', or Little Rig. From basic swings to impressive twists and safe dismounts, there’s emphasis on sustainable technique. No experience necessary. To fly on our Petit Volant you must be minimum 150cm tall.

Trainer/s: Bronwyn Stevens

Royal Melbourne Show

2015 Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event, held from Saturday 19 to Tuesday 29 September 2015 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Royal Melbourne Show celebrates and promotes excellence in Victorian agriculture, attracting around 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days.

Visitors can enjoy a huge variety of unique memorable agricultural and rural experiences that are entertaining, interactive, educational and fun.

From thousands of animals featured in prestigious competitions to award-winning food and drink and world-class live entertainment, there’s an amazing variety of things to do at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.

Open daily from 10:00am to 9:00pm, the Royal Melbourne Show is easily accessible by public transport and has a fantastic variety of great value ticket packages available.

For info on getting there visit

To stay up to date with all the Show news, like Royal Melbourne Show on Facebook and follow @royalmelbshow on Twitter and Instagram.

Push Songs - free songwriting

Free songwriting mentoring program, applications now open

Attention Victorian songwriters! Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring songwriting mentoring program continues throughout October and November and again it’s FREE! To develop your songwriting skills, successful applicants will take part in 3, one on one songwriting workshops alongside Charles Jenkins and mentors Jess Cornelius (Teeth and Tongue), Hayden Calnin, Phoebe Baker (Alpine) and Fraser A. Gorman.

Participants will also be invited to join the Tuesday Night Song Club and meet and share ideas and live performance opportunities with fellow songwriters. Push Songs is open to anyone from anywhere in Victoria of any age, and the program is based in Brunswick. Apply here by October 5


For more information visit The Push 


Push Songs is managed and proudly presented by The Push, APRA, Arts Victoria and the Australia Council.

Jets ArtLounge

Banyule City Council’s Jets Creative Arts Facility is introducing a new pilot program in Term 4, 2015 for young people between 16-28 years with a disability.

The program is for young people interested in hanging out with friends and at the same time learning about and creating some art in a casual and relaxed space.

The theArtLounge program will run on Thursday’s between 4:30-7:30pm. Young people must book in to be a part of the program however can attend anytime between these times.

The program is Free during the Pilot program for all young people and a light dinner will be provided.

Dates for the program are:

15 October,22 October, 29 October, 5 November, 12 November, 19 November, 26 November and 3 December.

There are limited places available so if you or your young person is interested in attending this program please fill in a Jets Creative Arts Program Expression of Interest form and return to Jets as soon as possible. The EOI form can be found on our website at

Please email the form to or drop it in or post it to Jets at 2/24 The Concord Bundoora 3083.

This new pilot program is being funded by Department of Heath & Human Services Respite Funding.

For more information about this pilot program please call the Jets Creative Arts Team on 9098 8000. 

Darebin Youth Services Teenage Holiday Program

Darebin Teenage School Holiday Program

The Darebin Youth Services Teenage Holiday Program is largely subsidised by the government and is aimed at young people 
who have few or no opportunities to fund their holiday activities. Therefore priority is given to: 
• School & agency referrals
• Young people & families with a health care card
• Young people that have not attended the program before

Am I eligible?
• Ages are between 12 – 21years (please refer to the activity for age details)
• You must live, work or play in the City of Darebin

How do I book?
For further information, or to make a booking, you can contact the worker specific to the activities. Places will fill fast, so get in quick! Places will fill fast, so get in quick!

Cost: Please see the next page for costs on activities. Prices include activities, lunch, snacks and transport. Permission forms need
to be returned with payment no later than Wednesday 16th September


Forms and brochures attached below for further information. 

#BanyuleYouthFest Photo Competition


Upload a photo on the day of the event to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter & you will go into the draw to WIN!

We want to see what you LOVE the most about YouthFest!?
The music? The free stuff? The dodgem cars? The activities?

Do not forget to tag ‪#‎banyuleyouth and @banyuleyouth to go into the draw!

If your profile is on private and you are not being followed by the Banyule Youth Services page then please send us a Direct Message with a screenshot of your image, or simply message us the photo to the Banyule Youth Services Facebook page.

Winners will be announced next Monday 14th September!

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