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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 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. 

YMCA Youth Hubs

Our Youth Hubs in Wendouree and Delacombe 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.

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 five 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.

Our Youth Hubs operate during school terms and the school holidays. See our Enrolment information.

Wendouree Youth Hub : 35 Violet Grove, Wendouree

Please note: As of 16th March 2020 - due to the Covid-19 situation, our Youth Hub programs are currently not operating until further notice.

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

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

Please note: As of 16th March 2020 - due to the Covid-19 situation, our Youth Hub programs are currently not operating until further notice.

   Friday 3.30pm - 6.00pm All Ages Group (10 - 17 years)  

Contact our friendly team on 0458 374 910 or ballarat.youthservices@ymca.org.au for 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 on4311 1500 or email ballarat.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 us on 4311 1500 or email ballarat.ymca.org.au.

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