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


The Y 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 Y Youth Services staff.

The Y provides a range of youth focussed activities in Ballarat including regular after school Youth Hubs, the ReCranked program, youth leadership opportunities, youth focussed community recreation activities and an annual Youth Summit. 

We believe in the power of inspired young people and encourage them to shine in their everyday lives and build strong futures.

The Y Youth Hubs

Our Y Ballarat Youth Hubs offer programs designed for young people in our community aged 10 - 17 years at two sites in Ballarat. Youth Hubs in Wendouree and Delacombe deliver a wide variety of activities that provide opportunities for young people to feel empowered and learn valuable life skills while building positive support systems and friendships along the way. 

Youth Hub staff and volunteers pride themselves on listening to the voice of young people and develop activities influenced by individual group's interests and goals for the future. These activities may take the form of an incursion (at the Hub) or an excursion (Off-site venue) and can include sports, skateboarding, basketball, cooking/hospitality training, team building, leadership, arts and craft and mental and physical health and more.

Our Youth Hubs operate during school terms and term breaks*. (*excludes summer holidays). 

To enrol see our Enrolment information.

Wendouree Youth Hub : 35 Violet Grove, Wendouree

Please note: As of 10th November 2020 - due to the Covid-19 situation and government guidelines, our Youth Hub programs require booking and have limited numbers until further notice.

  Tuesday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Seniors Group (14 - 17 years)
  Thursday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Intermediate Group (10 - 14 years)

Delacombe Youth Hub : Delacombe Community Hub, 16 Nandiriog Drive, Delacombe

Please note: As of 10th November 2020 - due to the Covid-19 situation and government guidelines, our Youth Hub programs require booking and have limited numbers until further notice.

   Friday 3.30pm - 6.00pm Combined Group (12 - 17 years)  

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

Drop-in Basketball - After school and during the holidays!

For more information about our regular Drop-in Basketball sessions at Doug Dean Stadium, Delacombe, see here.

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  us on 4311 1500 or email ballarat@ymca.org.au.

Jump Start, Ballarat

Jump Start is a hands-on education program which supports young people to gain automative skills in fun and engaging sessions. A great introduction, the free course allows young people to explore their interests in this area which could lead to further studies or work in the automotive industry. Currently the pilot program is running for 4 weeks and commenced on the 27th October 2020.

​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 us on 4311 1500 or email ballarat.ymca.org.au.

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