Council is committed to ensuring that all young people in Hume City are healthy, safe, connected, and have opportunities to thrive. Hume Youth Engagement and Pathways Unit (YEP) provides a range of responsive and integrated programs, initiatives and events that support young people aged 6 to 24 years to connect and thrive.
We work in partnership with schools, service providers, and community agencies to deliver supports that enhance social connection and mental health and wellbeing. We provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills such as advocacy, leadership and life-readiness, and supports that enable successful pathways to learning, training and employment.
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Mental Health, Wellbeing and Leadership
Hume Youth Action Committee
The Hume Youth Action Committee (Hume YAC) consists of aspiring young community leaders, ranging from 15 - 20 years from a diverse range of backgrounds. The YAC leaders meet weekly to identify issues facing young people in Hume. The Youth Action Committee is funded by ENGAGE! a Victorian Government Initiative.
Visit the Hume YAC page for more information, to submit your expression of interest and to see projects the committee has worked on.
HYPE FReeZA Program
Hume's FReeZA Committee Hume Youth Production and Events (HYPE) is a group of local young people aged 12-24 who plan and organise events for young people in Hume. You don’t need any prior experience, we provide training. Just bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
Visit the FReeZA page for more information and to see upcoming FReeZA events.
Glitter is a social group for LGBTIQA+ young people, facilitated in a safe place to hang out, connect, share and learn with like-minded people. Get to know others in your community and explore important topics and ideas.
Visit the GLITTER page for more information on how to join the program.
Hume Youth YMCA Parliament Program
The Hume Youth YMCA Parliament Program supports young people aged 16 to 25 to speak up and be heard about issues that they are passionate about.
Visit the Hume Youth YMCA Parliament Program for more information.
School Holiday Program
During Victorian school holidays, the Hume Youth Engagement and Pathways School Holiday Program offers young people a variety of social, recreational, and educational development based activities. The School Holiday Program aims to enhance young people’s participation, connection, skill development, wellbeing and knowledge in fun and new ways.
View the current or upcoming School Holiday Program.
School - Based Programs
The Youth Engagement and Pathways Unit (YEP) offer a range of programs and activities for students during school time.
Please contact us on 9205 2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the activities and programs available to your school.
Partnerships, Engagement and Pathways
Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award
The 2023 Awards open on Monday 27 March 2023 to Sunday 23 April 2023.
The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award celebrates the memory of Gladstone Park local and Australian soldier Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, by supporting young members of our community to pursue their dreams.
The award provides up to $5000 to young locals (aged 12-25) who demonstrate the values of our local fallen Australian hero in the following two categories:
- Leading from the front Achievement Award
- Gaining ground Encouragement Award
View Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award for more information and to see past winners.
Level Up Program
The Level Up program will equip young people aged 16-24 with the skills and mindset they need to start a business or enter the workforce. The workshops will focus on adaptive leadership, public speaking, personal branding, emotional intelligence and wellbeing, project management.
View Level Up Program for more information.
The VR Work Window program provides pre-employment support including job search, resume and selection criteria support, interview question planning, and VR job interview. This program is available for groups aged 16 – 24 that want to skill up on the job interview process. The lesson can take up to 1.5 hours depending on the amount of young people.
We can bring this program to you, or we can support you to find a space if required!
For more information and to book Work Window for your school or organisation, please complete the Work Window Booking Request Form.
Hume Youth Anthology
The Hume Youth Anthology is an annual published collection of creative works from young people in Hume City. Every year young people ages 6 to 24 are invited to submit a drawing, poem, short story, comic or photograph reflecting a shared theme. The Anthology was inspired by the voices of Hume’s young people, and it is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their creative talents.
View Young People's Stories of Resilience and Creativity: A Hume Anthology for more information.
Young Leaders Award
The Hume Young Leaders Awards program aims to recognise and celebrate young people aged 12 to 24 for their leadership within their communities.
View Hume Young Leaders Awards for more information and to see past winners.
Hume Mayoral VCE Achievement Awards
The Mayoral VCE Achievement Awards recognised Hume’s high-achieving Year 12 students, acknowledging the hard work and resilience recipients have shown during their VCE year to achieve the highest ATAR score at their school or campus. A Council initiative and part of the Connect & Thrive Plan, aims to celebrate, empower and connect young people of Hume City.
View Mayoral VCE Achievement Awards for more information
Victorian Bar Foundation Students Achievement Award
The Victorian Bar Achievement Award is a youth recognition award for academic achievement in Legal Studies, sponsored by the Victorian Bar Foundation and Hume City Council.
The award is open to secondary colleges in Hume and provides a grant of $1,500 to the highest achiever in Legal Studies Units 1 and 2 who is enrolled in Legal Studies Units 3 & 4 in the year the prize is awarded.
View past Victorian Bar Student Achievement Award winners.