Young people in the community

When young people get involved in community activities it builds stronger relationships across cultural and age divides and promotes wider opportunities for education, training and employment.

The Victorian Government seeks to help young people to be active in their communities.

Here 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.

For more information, see Scouts and Guides on our Services website.

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.

For more information, see Youth Parliament on our Services website.

Advance schools program

Advance is a 1 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.  

For more information, see Advance Program.

New Gen Youth Social Enterprise program

Young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 25 looking to establish, or further develop a social enterprise will benefit from the Youth Social Enterprise program.

For more information, see New Gen 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.

For more information, see FReeZA on our Services website.


Engage! provides opportunities for all young people, including those with additional needs or who face barriers.

The Engage! program 2012 - 2014 (previously known as the Youth Participation and Access Program) offers funding over 3 years to community organisations and local governments. This is for developing programs that encourage the social, civic and economic participation of young people through locally planned activities.

For more information, see Engage! on our Services website.

National Youth Week

National Youth Week is a week-long celebration of young people held annually throughout Australia. 

For more information, see National Youth Week on our Services website.

Supporting multicultural Victoria

The Centre for Multicultural Youth is the main agency working with multicultural young people in Victoria. 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. This includes young people from refugee backgrounds.

For more information, see Supporting multicultural Victoria on our Services website.