Youth Services

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Yarriambiack Youth Services have been in existence in one form or another since it was established in 1994, providing young people aged 10 to 25 years with access to up to date information and relevant services.

Council's Youth Impact Officer is a dedicated position to assist in: 

  • Facilitating coordination and collaboration between local Health services, Council and schools
  • Establishment of a Youth Action Council and development of Youth leadership activities across the Yarriambiack Shire
  • Advocating for health and well being services
  • Developing consultative mechanisms with and for young people, to ensure their issues and needs are represented in various forums
  • Coordinating youth development initiatives within the community
  • Identifying opportunities for collaborative community benefit work between young people and the community
  • Providing a link between Council activities, programs and objectives to the community.

To contact the Yarriambiack Youth Impact Officer please call 03 5398 0100.

 Youth Strategy

Following extensive community consultation with young people, parents and service providers across the shire, a Youth Strategy has been developed by Yarriambiack Shire Council and endorsed by Councillors.

The Youth Strategy is available to download below.

 Yarriambiack Youth Action Council

The Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC) is a youth committee that is supported by the Yarriambiack Shire Council. It also runs as the Shires FReeZA committee as well as advocating for relevant youth issues to be supported in the community. It meets regularly and raises issues to the Yarriambiack Shire Council through the Yarriambiack Community Engagement Officer (Youth) and who works with the YYAC to help them achieve outcomes, and also Yarriambiack Shire Councillor (YSC) Kylie Zanker, who attends meetings.

The YYAC members attend monthly meetings which are chaired and minuted on a rotating basis by the young people. It gives them opportunities to meet new people, develop their leadership skills whilst gaining an understanding of the mechanics of local government. Having a Shire Councillor in attendance, allows the young people to provide a voice for those aged 12-25 across the Shire.

Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC) Objectives

The Yarriambiack Youth Action Council Objectives closely align with the 2019-2022 Yarriambiack Youth Strategy.

YYAC members are to help identify needs for themselves and other young people in the Shire, and where possible help organise events and activities.

YYAC members are to participate in youth development and leadership opportunities.

YYAC members are to provide a link between Council activities, programs and objectives, providing feedback and recommendations to the Yarriambiack Shire Council when requested.

YYAC members will provide youth representation across many community forums so that young people’s voices are not only sought but heard.

YYAC members will seek and voice new ideas and opportunities for young people.

YYAC members will demonstrate civic mindedness, supporting tasks that benefit the community.

YYAC members will role model a positive image to other young people in the community.

Joining the Yarriambiack Youth Action Council (YYAC)

Membership is via an application and interview process. Interviews are usually held at the YSC Office at Warracknabeal and involve the YSC CEO, and at least one Yarriambiack Councillor. Applicants must be turning 12 years old or older within the calendar year. Mentor members may still attend meetings, as may invited community members with youth business to discuss. Where decisions are required, members get 1 equal vote regardless of age.