The Youth Engagement team provides outreach and activities to young people aged 12-25 years living in, or accessing the Belconnen area.
Activities are aimed at increasing resilience and the development of skills that provide young people with opportunities to actively engage in their lives and their communities.
The team oversees the following programs:
The Belconnen Youth Centre:
The Belconnen Youth Centre is a safe space for young people to play pool, xbox, watch movies or just hang out. The youth centre is staffed by experienced youth workers and also offers a range of social activities. It is located on the corner of Swanson Court and Chandler Street Belconnen. Belconnen Youth Centre opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 5pm and Fridays from 3 – 7pm.
Open Access at the Belconnen Youth Centre is a dedicated time and a safe space for young people aged 12-25 years to hang out, grab a bite to eat, chat with a youth worker or engage in some of the many activities happening each day. Activities offered during open access are aimed to provide life skills, confidence and social and community inclusion.
Open Access occurs each Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm – 5pm, and on Fridays from 3pm – 7pm. Friday’s Open Access includes ‘Free feed Friday’ which offers a chance for young people to suggest recipes, help cook and enjoy a hot meal together before the weekend.
The Corner@bcs is equipped with bean bags, board games, pool/snooker, table tennis, foosball, a reading corner, gaming consoles, computers, cooking and craft supplies. Vulnerable young people also have access to a washer and dryer, kitchen facilities and a shower.
The Corner@bcs is located on the Corner of Chandler Street and Swanson Court, Belconnen. Open Access runs during the school term and is replaced by The Youth School Holiday Program during ACT public school holiday periods.
Youth Employment Pathways Hub
The Youth Employment Pathways Hub offers one on one, tailored employment support to young people aged 18-24yrs living in or accessing the Belconnen area.
Young people meet with youth workers to create an Employment Pathways Plan which outlines the young people’s employment goals and the type of support they would like. The plan can include language, literacy and life skills as well as training, volunteering and work experience opportunities.
The Employment Hub operates Mondays and Wednesdays, 1pm-4pm from the Corner@bcs, located on the Corner of Chandler St and Swanson Court, Belconnen.
The Youth Employment Pathways Program includes partnerships with Riverview Projects ACT and Canberra Institute of Technology, to provide suitable participants with work experience and vocational training at Certificate II and III levels.
For more information about the Youth Employment Pathways Hub, please contact us at Employmentpathways@bcsact.com.au or via BCS reception on 6264 0200
Youth School Holiday Program
BCS runs a School Holiday Program for young people each ACT Public School Break throughout the year. Based at the Belconnen Youth Centre, the program includes a range of in centre activities and external excursions selected to reduce the social isolation and boredom that the school holidays can bring for vulnerable young people.
Each School Holiday timetable is different and offers a wide range of skill based, engaging activities that are available to anyone aged 12 – 25 years accessing the Belconnen area.
All School Holiday Program activities are free of charge with excursion activities including transport to and from the planned activity location from the Belconnen Youth Centre. A permission form is required for some activities and places on excursions are limited.
Download our School Holiday Program April 2017 Flyer for more details about the planned activities, for additional information, please contact the Youth Engagement Team via BCS reception on 6264 0200.
Programs in Schools
The Youth Engagement team fosters close relationships with local public schools to best support young people. Some programs offered to schools include Drum Beats, Respectful Relationships, Primary to High school Transitions groups and the Y-Aspire Women’s Leadership Program (in collaboration with the YWCA).
The Youth Engagement team fosters close relationships with local public schools to best support young people.
Trained Youth Workers facilitate a number of different programs at schools each term; all of which are suited to meet the needs of the students.
Some programs offered to schools include Drum Beats, Respectful Relationships, Primary to High school Transitions groups and the Y-Aspire Women’s Leadership Program (in collaboration with the YWCA).
The team are also hoping to facilitate a contemporary Australian Arts program for disengaged students and a Cyber Bullying program in addition to those already being run.
If your school would like to discuss the possibility of having a program run with your students, please contact the Youth Engagement Team Coordinator via BCS reception on 6264 0200, or email YouthEngagementCommunication@bcsact.com.au
Bit Bent – LGTBIQ+ social group
Bit Bent is an informal group where LGTBIQ young people come together in a safe and supported space to meet new friends, have a bite to eat, talk about their experiences, and share information about local events and services relevant to them.
The Belconnen Bit Bent group is held every Monday from 6pm to 8pm during school terms and is facilitated by two Youth Engagement team members and an LGTBI+ community volunteer.
Bit Bent is an informal group where LGTBIQ young people come together in a safe and supported space to meet new friends, have a bite to eat, talk about their experiences, and share information about local events and services relevant to them. Activities, information sessions and excursions are also offered sporadically.
The Belconnen Bit Bent group is held each Monday evening from 6pm-8pm at the Belconnen Youth Centre, located on the Corner of Chandler Street and Swanson Court, Belconnen. For more information about Bit Bent Belconnen, please contact us at email@example.com or via BCS reception on 6264 0200
Youth Case Work
Short Term Case Work(up to 12 weeks) is offered by the Youth Engagement Team for at risk or vulnerable young people with medium to high needs who would like assistance in reaching their self-determined goals.
Referrals are welcome from all avenues, provided that the young person has consented to their information being shared and they are willing to work collaboratively with a youth worker.
Once an appropriate referral has been accepted, the young person will be assigned a youth worker who will continue to be their point of contact for the duration of their case work time. The young person’s worker will assist them in creating an action plan that outlines the young person’s goals as well as practical ways of working together to accomplish them.
BCS utilises a strengths based case work model and works with young people in a person-centred, family and community focused manner.
Please contact the Youth Engagement Team Coordinator via reception on 6264-0200 to discuss making a referral.
Road Ready Training
The Youth Engagement team facilitates a free Road Ready Course for young people aged 15-25 years who hold a current Centrelink Healthcare card and missed out on completing the course in high school (often offered in Year 10).
The Road Ready Course prepares young people for getting their Learners tests, including understanding of road rules and licence requirements.
The course is generally run each term from the Belconnen Youth Centre and requires participants to complete two full days training followed by the successful completion of the Learners Knowledge Test.
Once the course is completed and the Road Rules Knowledge Test passed, we will issue a certificate that can be taken to any Access Canberra Shopfront (with proof of identity) where you will be issued with your learner driver licence.
To put in an expression of interest or find out when the next Road Ready Course will be running please contact the Youth Engagement team via BCS reception on 6264-0200, or email YouthEngagementCommunication@bcsact.com.au
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For more information or to speak to someone from Youth Engagement, please contact Belconnen Community Service reception on (02) 6264 0200.