Youth Engagement - Belconnen Community Service

Youth Engagement

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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

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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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.

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