Youth engagement

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs is an inclusive youth service supporting young people aged ten to 25 who live, work, and play in Tuggeranong, Canberra. They deliver a range of services to engage young people in education, training, social-emotional development and connection to community.

Check out our Term 4 youth programs

You can follow what the team is doing on Instagram, ywcacanberra_youth, and through our blog. For an example of their recent work, read about how the team:

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs offers short-term case work for young people aged 10 to 25 from the Tuggeranong area. The Youth team can help support young people in many areas of their lives and reach self-determined goals.

Through the case work program, we provide advocacy and support for young people to suit their individual needs and circumstances.

A-Z is a social support group for gender and sexuality diverse young people and allies between the ages of 12 and 25. The program offers an opportunity for young people to learn about and participate in relevant upcoming events, to hear from guest speakers and to hang out with new and existing friends.

The group meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7pm during school terms at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre. There are also options to join the meeting virtually.

If you want to join the meeting, email our Youth Engagement Team.

The LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom is an opportunity for young people to experience a formal style event and express their identity in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. This event is strictly drug and alcohol-free.

This program is funded through grants from the ACT Government and kind donations from the ACT community.

At this event, we also celebrate and recognise the exceptional young people in our community through the LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom Awards.

Due to COVID-19, last year’s Prom was converted to a picnic in the park. Read more about what happened at the event.

Y-Aspire is a free eight-week, young women’s leadership program for girls and non-binary students in Years 7 and 8. It focuses on helping young women build a strong connection to schooling through an integrated learning program.

Through a series of two-hour workshops, combining knowledge-based and interactive activities, the participants are provided with the opportunity to identify and build on existing skills, explore topics such as identity, resilience, body confidence, self-care, respectful relationships, and leadership, to achieve their potential at school and beyond.

Y-Aspire aims to:

  • build skills and confidence to assist young women in their journey through high school and beyond
  • support them to identify and achieve their goals
  • engage young women in activities that are designed to create awareness into who they are
  • encourage future aspirations
  • foster an environment that promotes participants to question the norms and expectations that may conflict with their aspirations.

For more information about Y-Aspire, please contact Lanyon Youth Centre on 02 6185 2090.

In 2014, Y-Aspire was the recipient of an ACT Mental Health Week Award, in the category ‘Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention – Organisation’.

You can read more about the program in blog posts from our former facilitator and on reflections from students who have done the program.

Find out more and book the program for your school by emailing our Youth Engagement Team.

YWCA Canberra’s Clubhouse is a free, out of school learning space that provides over 400 young people, aged 10 to 18 in the Tuggeranong region with access to the latest technology, as well as mentoring and support to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and music. The program exists to deliver better socio-economic outcomes for the Tuggeranong community and better STEAM employment outcomes for women and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds. With the essential support from our cross-sector partners, volunteers, Tuggeranong community, and our dedicated staff, our members have access to cutting-edge technology, industry mentors and a supportive environment that fosters their creativity and independent learning almost every week of the year.

This includes our new recording studios at both our Richardson location and the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre.

Founded in Boston in 1993, the Clubhouse Network now extends across the world, providing 25,000 youth per year access to resources, skills and experience to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.

The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is located in the Tuggeranong region, and is a space where young people can drop by to engage with mentors, embark on new projects, and learn in a safe, friendly and open environment.

What can Clubhouse members learn?

The Clubhouse learning approach is designed to empower young people from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners.

At the Clubhouse, members can explore areas such as coding, 3D printing, photography, videography, visual art, green screen effects, music, virtual reality, and more. The Clubhouse also offers a free school holiday program during each school holiday period.

Members can drive their own projects according to their interests and ideas, and the Clubhouse Coordinator provides support and assistance. Clubhouse mentors also engage with members by sharing their experience and knowledge.

The Clubhouse really shows that young people learn best when they can work on projects that they are passionate about and actively engage in designing, creating, and inventing—not just passively receiving information.

Find out more at the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse website.

Structure

In term 4, 2022, the Clubhouse will be structured as follows:

  • Mondays will be dedicated to projects focused on engineering and technology
  • Wednesdays will be dedicated to projects focused on art and music

The following is what members can expect in a typical afternoon at the Clubhouse:

  • 3:00pm – afternoon tea (fruit and filling snacks)
  • 3:15pm – circle time for group bonding, announcements, and project brainstorming/updates
  • 3:30pm – working on projects
  • 5:00pm – working on projects with gaming and free play also permitted
  • 6:00pm – Clubhouse closes

Opening hours and locations

Open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Located at Richardson Primary School, May Gibbs Close in Richardson, ACT

Application and membership

To ensure the Clubhouse is delivering a high-quality program that aligns with the Clubhouse Network Learning Model and Principles of Practice, prospective members must complete an application to become a member.

Membership to the Clubhouse is on a term-by-term basis with a limited number of places available. Applicants and current members will need to re-apply for each term. Applications will be assessed on their suitability for this program based on the Learning Model, interest in STEAMM, and prior engagement in the Clubhouse program.

Priority will be given to young people who live or attend school in the Tuggeranong region. Equitable access is important to us, and we will do our best to accommodate all eligible young people.

Applicants will be contacted in the last week of the school holidays with the outcome of their application. Successful applicants must complete a more comprehensive membership form to give additional information and consent. If we cannot offer a place, the young person will be added to a waiting list and contacted if a spot becomes available.

The application form can be accessed here.

Contact us

Ph: 6185 2090 or 0400 300 781
Email: youth@ywca-canberra.org.au
Pyouth@ywca-canberra.org.auostal address: Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre: 22 Sidney Nolan Street, Conder ACT, 2906

Want to contribute?

To find out more about becoming a Clubhouse partner contact caf.team@ywca-canberra.org.au

The Youth Centre is open to all young people age 10 to 25. In this space, you can chat with youth workers, use computers with free internet, play X-box or watch a movie, use our recording studio, play a game of pool, or just hang out with friends.

Location

Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre
22 Sidney Nolan Street
Conder ACT 2906

Opening hours

The Youth Centre opening hours are:
  • Tuesday 3 to 5pm
  • Wednesday 3 to 6pm
  • Thursday 3 to 6pm.

We also run programs for young people:

  • A–Z group: Tuesday 5 to 7pm
  • Teen clinic: Thursday 2 to 5.30pm.

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs is providing a free school holiday program to young people aged 10 – 25 years old. This is an ACT Government funded program to service vulnerable young people in the community. As such, participants will be triaged based on a needs assessment which will be governed by best practice policy.

These summer school holidays, we have a jam-packed program with heaps of excursions and activities for everyone! For those who are creative, we have a zine-making workshop where you’ll create your own self-published magazine (zine) on a topic of your choice! Prefer fewer words and more action? Sew a soft toy, create polymer clay jewellery, make DIY paper, design a vinyl sticker and more! For those that enjoy outdoor adventures, ride the Alpine Slide at Corrin Forrest as it descends 1.2km through the majestic Mountain Ash forest; join us at Big Splash water park or on a coast trip to Malua Bay. We can’t wait to see you for all of our holiday season adventures.

Drop in activities will be run from the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre, 22 Sidney Nolan Street, Conder. For excursions, the bus will pick up and drop off at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre. Excursions require a signed excursion permission form.

Check out our 2023 Summer School Holiday Program

Get in contact for more information:

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs connects with young people organically in the community to engage with socially and to support connections to other community services.

To provide feedback on our services, please fill out our feedback form.

Email: youth@ywca-canberra.org.au