Youth Ambassadors are a group of young people aged 12-25 living, studying and working across East Gippsland who are committed to create change in their community. The Youth Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to influence, lead change and to assist Council in understanding the needs of young people.
Becoming a Youth Ambassador provides a platform for young people to discuss issues, create and lead projects for young people, have meaningful engagement with the established Council and have a say about the future of their community. Their mission is to ensure young people are engaged and feel valued as citizens in the community.
Youth Ambassadors participate in free training and development opportunities, community consultations and events, as well as developing and implementing an action plan with goals and ambitions they work towards each year.
The Gippsland East Youth Project (GEYP) is an externally funded and facilitated project that supports a mobile youth space (a bus) travelling throughout East Gippsland to support activities that build community resilience and connectedness.
The activities the GEYP team does in East Gippsland is guided by the Youth Programs Committee – East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors.
Meetings are held monthly on a Wednesday night, in addition to regular Youth Ambassador meetings.
Young people aged between 12 and 25 years old, living, working or studying in East Gippsland, who are passionate about creating positive change in our community are encouraged to apply. All applications are welcome, and no experience is necessary.
We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive group of local young people across East Gippsland.
We have partnered with VicHealth on a three-year project to strengthen the creation of a community where children and young people are able to grow up active, healthy and socially connected.
Out of the 16 fast-tracked local government areas included in the partnership, East Gippsland’s approach will focus on a coordinated and collaborative approach dedicated to children young people’s health and wellbeing.
Communities in East Gippsland have been hard hit by drought and bushfire in recent years.
East Gippsland Shire Council is using a place-based approach to build on the strengths and networks present in communities, with the ultimate aim of supporting children and young people to have a seat at the decision-making table to lead the planning and design of healthier communities.
Under 25s represent approximately a quarter of East Gippsland's population and face several barriers to leading healthy lifestyles.
The VicHealth partnership will build Council's capacity to work closely with local children and young people to understand, identify and prioritise actions that will drive change to generate improved system outcomes in the areas they have identified - including food systems, physical activity and social connection.
We will be working with children and young people aged 5-25.
A working group has been established to increase the reach and effectively utilise strengths. It comprises our staff and external partners who work with and have a direct interest in supporting young people.
Deakin University has delivered systems thinking training as a core module of the project, which builds on previous systems thinking education.
This training will also strengthen and develop capacity within Council and external partners to:
Stage One of the project involves workshops with young people to better understand the barriers they face and determine their priorities and potential solutions.
The following stages will involve working with children and young people to lead projects and actions based on the findings and previous work that has been done in this area.
A series of evidence-based health promotion modules will be available to support Council to implement action at the local level to create healthier communities for children and young people.
The VicHealth Local Government Partnership health promotion modules will provide guidance to create policies, programs and processes for lasting changes in our community. The modules will support implementation and action following the workshops.
To learn more about the partnership project with VicHealth, visit the VicHealth website
View the VicHealth health promotion modules
If you would like to be involved, contact us.
FReeZA is an innovative youth development program that provides opportunities for Victorians aged 12-25 across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria to enjoy live band gigs, dance parties and other cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free in supervised and safe venues.
Being part of the FReeZA committee is a chance to develop a broad range of skills organising events for young people. It will also build your self confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.
FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12 and 25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible events.
By participating in a local FReeZA committee you will be given the chance to make decisions and lead the staging of events, while also broadening networks within the community by connecting with local businesses, schools and other organisations.
Joining a FReeZA committee will also build your self-confidence, create and develop professional relationships, and provide opportunities to explore various education and employment pathways in the music industry.
The other types of events that you can also get involved with through your local FReeZA committee include staging of BMX/skate comps, hip-hop showcases, art and short-film competitions, DJ dance events, theatre productions and local community events, and music festivals and live band gigs - including this year's Battle of the Bands (see below).
We encourage applications from across the shire!
Future Proof is a collective impact project led by the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria, bringing together eight local councils, two Aboriginal CCOs, two LLENs, and Victoria University to drive recovery outcomes for fire-affected young people and communities in Eastern Victoria.
Young people play a critical role in disaster recovery and in future-proofing fire-affected communities.
The Future Proof project brings the unique experiences, perspectives and capabilities of young people to the rebuilding of their communities. It recognizes the importance of place-based activities and youth work principles, ensuring engagement, support and training connects young people and delivers youth-led community recovery projects in a flexible way.
Training opportunities are available for all young people 12-25 years in bushfire-affected areas, across East Gippsland and further afield, to build resilience locally for the future.
The project supports developing and sustaining local human infrastructure, through qualifications and industry linkages. Youth employment outcomes will be evident in emergency management and resilience, community services, youth development and mental health, which are vital for community-led recovery and resilience.
Included will be first aid, youth work, community services, emergency response and mental health first aid as part of a range of options providing the skills local communities need. Across East Gippsland, dedicated Council staff will source opportunities for young people to engage with qualification and employment pathways, along with other education and training.
With ongoing support from the Gippsland East LLEN and additional engagement opportunities from East Gippsland Shire Council, participants will feel supported throughout the program, gaining formal qualifications to ease the transition to employment.
For more information about Future Proof please contact Tara Wilson: email@example.com.
This project is a partnership between East Gippsland Shire Council and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria.
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government.
Youth Ambassadors are a group of young people aged 12-25 living, studying and working across East Gippsland who are committed to create change in their community.
The Youth Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to influence, lead change and to assist Council in understanding the needs of young people.
Becoming a Youth Ambassador provides a platform for young people to discuss issues, create and lead projects for young people, have meaningful engagement with the established Council and have a say about the future of their community. Their mission is to ensure young people are engaged and feel as valued citizens in the community.
Youth Ambassadors participate in free training and development opportunities, community consultations and events as well as develop and implement their own action plan with goals and ambitions they work towards achieving each year.
East Gippsland Youth Art Prize gives aspiring and emerging youth aged 12-25 to show case their artistic talents.
This year's award winners can be viewed at Brabuwooloong Gallery until the end of November 2023
Need more information?
Andrea Court - Arts and Culture Coordinator or Chloe Peters - Youth Project Support Officer Feedback@egipps.vic.gov.au
Forget Me Not - Kayla Jackson
Bust - Danielle Moss
Wonderland - Jorja Box
Media Indigenous Category
Birth of Baby Girl - Jordyn Tattersall
Frost - Rusty Harris
Between Worlds - Lily Nickless
I’m Stressed - Romy Robertson
Special judges mention:
Portrait of Adam Clayton - Keara Cross
Unusual Situations - Leah Brutovic
Street Vibes - Danielle Boucher
Danielle Moss, Innocence
Imrahn Canary, Dreams
Chris Lanyon, Escape to the Arty Loft
Lily Rose Hall Krause, Confusion
Natasha Steed, Rantu’s Fury
Joint winners: Chris Lanyon, Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share; Harley Kewish, 200826: leave your flowers.
Special portraiture category winner: Rheanna Williams, Image HUMAN.
Kierah Van Uden, The Little Things
Sinead MacDonell, Painting of My Sister
Harley Kewish, Ode to the Anthropocene
The Gippsland Youth Services Directory includes information and contact details for services and organisations that support young people and families across Gippsland.
Visit the Youth Services Directory website.