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​​​​​Youth Development 

YMCA Youth Services are based on positivity, proactivity and a whole-of-person approach. 


The YMCA has been a trusted provider of values based services to Australia’s youth for over 150 years. Each year, over 300,000 young people across Australia come into contact with YMCA Youth Services staff.

YMCA Youth Centres

Our Youth Centres in Wendouree and Sebastopol provide safe and structured environments for young people to have fun with their friends, participate in various activities and learn new skills.

The Centres offer an opportunity for young people to be involved, feel heard and to take part in leadership roles.

We offer our Practical Skills Programs (PSP) at both sites. This program has scheduled activities that provide opportunities to gain essential life skills, partake in sports, trades, community programs and events. 


Wendouree Youth Centre, Violet Grove

Wendouree Youth Centre is a space for young people aged 8 to 17​​ years.

The program is offered three nights a week during school terms (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) between 3.30 and 6pm, with a Junior Group (8-11 years), an Intermediate Group (11-14 years) and a Senior Group (14-17 years). Sessions are designed to offer a balance between the Practical Skills Program, sports and fun engaging activities.

Sessions are $2 per person per night. See our Enrolment information

​Sebastopol Youth Centre, 15 Gray Street

The Sebastopol Youth Centre caters for young people aged 12 to 16 years old, with the program offered on Fridays between 3.30 and 6pm, during school terms.

Sessions are designed to offer a balance between the Practical Skills Program, sports and fun engaging activities.
Sessions are $2 per person per night. See our Enrolment information

​YMCA Sebastopol Youth Centre acknowledges the support of the City of Ballarat, Rise ​Church and Bakers Delight, Sebastopol.

Y-Voice

Y-Voice is a leadership development program for young people in Ballarat.

Applicants are selected through schools and community agencies. Participants are engaged in team building and leadership opportunities through discussion forums, governance models and are involved in a range of planning, budgeting and execution of programs and a variety of community groups.

For more information about Y-Voice, please contact YMCA Ballarat on 4333 6400 or email ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au..

YMCA Connect Camp

Connect Camp is a school holiday camp for young people aged 8 to 16 who are considered vulnerable, disadvantaged or at risk.

On Camp, these kids work with vibrant, experienced and passionate YMCA volunteers, who provide intensive support to the campers through one-on-one mentoring. Along with kids from around the state, they are encouraged to realise their potential and learn about community values and leadership.

YMCA acknowledges the support of local businesses such as Caine Real Estate for funding to enable young people to access Camp Connect.

For more information about YMCA Connect Camp, please contact YMCA Ballarat on 4333 6400 or email ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au..

After more information or interested in volunteering?

For more information about our Youth Services programs and volunteer opportunities, please contact YMCA Ballarat on 4333 6400 or email ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au.

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