Young people can get involved in a variety of community programs ranging from music events through to developing government policy.
Community involvement benefits all of society by building strong relationships across economic, cultural and age divides, encouraging the use of shared, safe recreation areas, and promoting wider opportunities for education, training and employment.
The Victorian Government seeks to help young people to be active in their communities.
There are a number of ways young people can get involved:
Scouts and guides
The Victorian Government supports Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria by providing funds for a range of areas and initiatives.
Every year in the second week of July, YMCA Victoria Youth parliament offers young Victorians an opportunity to stand up, talk hard and be heard. Any Victorian aged 16 to 25 who wants to have their voice heard is eligible to participate. The program is supported by the Victorian Government.
Advance schools program
Advance is a one-year, school-based program that encourages young people in Years 9 to 12 to get actively involved in their community through volunteer work. It's a partnership between the Office for youth, Victorian government secondary schools and community organisations.
New gen youth social enterprise program
Young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 25 looking to establish or further develop a social enterprise will benefit from a new Youth social enterprise program.
FReeZA provides opportunities for young Victorians to enjoy music and cultural events in their local area that are drug, alcohol and smoke free. Over 140,000 young people attend FReeZA events throughout the state each year.
The engage! program (previously known as the Youth participation and access program) offers funding over three years for community organisations and local governments, to develop programs that encourage the social, civic and economic participation of young people through locally planned activities. Engage! provides opportunities for all young people, including those with additional needs or who face barriers.
National youth week
National youth week is a week-long celebration of young people held annually throughout Australia. In 2015 it will run from Friday 10 April to Sunday 19 April.
Centre for multicultural youth
The Centre for multicultural youth is the key agency in Victoria working with multicultural young people. It provides the Victorian Government and the wider community with research and policy advice on issues affecting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including young people from refugee backgrounds.
For more information visit the Centre for Multicultural Youth website.