Young People in the Community

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:


Involve is an official Ministerial Advisory Committee whose role is to ask young people what they think about different topics and what issues are important to them, meet with people from the government and the community and develop advice to present to the Minister for Youth Affairs.

Scouts and Guides

The Victorian Government supports Scouts Victoria and Girl Guides Victoria by providing funds for a range of areas and initiatives.

Youth Parliament

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 2012-2014 (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.

Supporting multicultural Victoria

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.


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