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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 Hubs

Our Youth Hubs in West Ballarat and South Ballarat provide safe and structured environments for young people aged 10 - 17 years to have fun with their friends, participate in various activities and learn new skills. We believe in the power of inspired young people and encourage them to shine in their everyday lives and build strong futures.

We offer our YMCA Life Skills and Empowerment Programs (LSEP) at both Hubs.

At our Youth Hubs, our dedicated staff and volunteers organise a wide variety of activities and opportunities for young people to learn and acquire specific skills. Sessions may include an incursion, excursion, sports, and are centred on fives general themes: social engagement, job skills training, independence skills training, safety education and health promotion.

Young people have the opportunity to be involved, feel heard and to take part in leadership roles.

West Ballarat Youth Hub
​35 Violet Grove, Wendouree

West Ballarat Youth Hub is a space for young people aged 10 to 17​​ years.

The YMCA Life Skills and Empowerment program is offered in 3 sessions per week during school terms.

  Tuesday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Seniors Group (14 - 17 years)
  Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.30pm Juniors Group (10 - 12 years)
  Thursday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Intermediate Group (12 - 14 years)

Gold coin donation appreciated when attending. See our Enrolment information

South Ballarat Youth Hub
Delacombe Community Hub, 16 Nandiriog Drive, Delacombe

The Ballarat South Youth Hub caters for young people aged 11 to 17 years old, with the YMCA Life Skills and Empowerment program offered during school terms​:

  Friday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Intermediate Group (11 - 14 years)
  ​Friday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Seniors Group (14 - 17 years)

Gold coin donation appreciated when attending. See our Enrolment information​.

Contact our friendly team on 0458 374 910 or ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au for further information or program details.

For regular updates on the current activities at our Youth Hubs check out our YMCA Life Skills and Empowerment Program Facebook Page here (www.facebook.com/YMCA.LSEP)

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 0434 743 993​ or email stacey.oliver@ymca.org.au.

YMCA School Leadership Program​

Aimed at Grade 5's in Term 4 or new Grade 6's in Term 1, our program supports the development of these students as they move into leadership roles in their final year at Primary School. We have also facilitated programs for students as young as Grade 3 with great outcomes.

The Program enables children to experience the core concepts of leadership and team building in a fun and engaging environment. It includes:​

  • A​ pre-program and post-program survey to gauge the students understanding of leadership both before and after the program.
  • Series of games and activities, which build on successive leadership areas
  • Debrief after each activity to ensure that all students have the opportunity to contribute

For further information about the School Leadership Program, please contact Stacey Oliver on 0434 743 993 or 4311 1500 or via email: stacey.oliver@ymca.org.au​.

​After more information or interested in volunteering?​

For more information about our Youth Services programs please contact our Youth Services team on  0458 374 910 or email ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au.

For volunteering opportunities, contact our Volunteer and Student Placement Coordinator on 4311 1500 or email ballarat.volunteers@ymca.org.au​.

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