Warrnambool Youth Circle

The Warrnambool Youth Circle is a new program that replaces the Warrnambool Youth Council.

If you require any assistance with your application or for further information contact the Youth Engagement Officer Lauren Brown for more information

0409 449 556

lbrown@warrnambool.vic.gov.au.

The Warrnambool Youth Circle supports people aged 12 – 25 years old to confidently advocate for the needs and aspirations of young people. This youth led program provides members with the opportunity to assist local government and broader community in working with young people in the shared goal of enhancing opportunities and outcomes for the youth of Warrnambool.

Registrations to attend our Warrnambool Youth Circle sessions for 2023 are now open. To complete the online registration please complete the form below.

 

Mission

The Warrnambool Youth Circle exists to create a space to celebrate and champion the diverse voices, experiences, and aspirations of Warrnambool’s young people.

Vision

The Warrnambool Youth Circle collaborates with Council and across community to foster a safe and connected City where young people are valued, share equal access to opportunities, and participate in decisions that affect them and their communities.

Guiding Themes

Youth Participation

A space in which young people are encouraged and supported to express their concerns, share their ideas and develop solutions to issues facing them and their communities

Connection and Collaboration

Connect and collaborate with Council, service providers, young people and the wider community to shine a light on youth matters by increasing youth focused opportunities and activities.

Leadership

Initiate and contribute to leadership opportunities that promote youth development and participation

Citizenship

Encourage and enhance the rights and responsibilities of young people to live in a safe, healthy and inclusive community.

Communications

Actively promote Youth Circle and youth issues to increase the recognition of young people in our community.

What does commitment to the Warrnambool Youth Circle look like?

2023 Youth Circle meetings

Monday, February 13,  4pm-6pm

Further 2023 dates to be confirmed.

The Youth Circle will meet for an introductory session in October, followed by a session in November to workshop one of the key priority areas identified by the group. 

Wherever possible these meetings will be held in-person at the Archie Graham Centre on Timor St but where necessary they will be held via Zoom. On occasions workshops, activities, and events need to be conducted on weekend or during school holidays, wherever possible advance notice is given for this. While Youth Circle members are encouraged to attend most sessions in order to maintain meaningful participation and build connections with others, this is not essential. New members to the Youth Circle will be accepted at any time throughout the year.

What are the benefits of being in Youth Circle?

As a member of Youth Circle you will have the opportunity to advocate for young people in Warrnambool and be their voice. You will also gain new friendships and community connections, build networking skills and gain confidence and experience in advocating for a cause. 

A light meal will be provided at each session and members will receive a certificate of participation to acknowledge their contribution. 

Accessibility & Inclusion

Warrnambool Youth Circle meetings are held in an accessible building and are a safe and inclusive space that values the diverse perspectives of young people from different background and experiences.

We understand that everyone has different needs, and that we sometimes require extra support to participate in programs like this, this may include bringing a carer, requiring a translator, using hearing loop, support with transport, assistance to pay for data to access meetings via Zoom etc.

Please let us know about any additional support you may need to join Youth Circle meetings.

Youth Circle Registration Process

If you are interested in joining the Warrnambool Youth Circle, please complete the registration form below. Registrations are open all the time.

Youth Circle seeks to represent the voices of Warrnambool’s diverse youth community. We encourage young people (aged 12-25) from all backgrounds (culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+, indigenous people, people with a disability) to join the circle. You may be a school leaver, secondary student / VCAL student, worker, TAFE student or University student.

Registration Form

Tell us about yourself

Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander?
Are you from a Culturally or Linguistically Diverse Background?
Do you identify as having a disability?
Do you attend
If employed, please select status:
What do you think are the top 5 priority areas for young people in Warrnambool?

Declaration

Read the Warrnambool City Council privacy Policy here
This personal information is being collected by Warrnambool City Council to apply for or register your interest in a Youth Engagement program or any other directly related purpose. It will not be disclosed to any other external party without your consent, unless required or authorised by law. If the personal information is not collected we will not be able to contact you with more information about the program you have inquired about. If you wish to alter any of the personal information you have supplied to Warrnambool City Council, please contact Council and ask to speak to Youth Services via 55594800 or email youthservices@warrnambool.vic.gov.au.
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