Opportunities for Youth
Young people and their inclusion in activities and access to opportunities remains a key focus within the City, with the team now adding a host of virtual events to the calendar to keep youth connected and engaged amidst the events of COVID-19.
In the last six months, events have included a film festival, barista workshop, School’s Out Pool Party, skateboard, scooter and BMX clinics, a digital song and recording program ‘In the Mix’ as well as a number of COVID-19 specific online initiatives including jumping on Librarycraft (the new Minecraft server), a Spotify dance party playlist and collaborated with young people to decorate cards with drawings and messages which were sent to vulnerable members of the community.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said, “The team are always trying out new and exciting projects, with the purpose of youth education, skill development, developing employability and encouraging community interaction, working directly with young people to make a difference. .”
“No matter your interest area, there are opportunities to get involved and all skills and abilities are welcome! If you would like to see something specific delivered, we encourage you to let the team know as they are always interested in fresh ideas.”
“Things like the barista courses have been a real hit – giving young people employment experience.”
The City of Kalamunda Youth Services continues to offer programs and events for young people in the community aged 12-25, hosting opportunities year-round spanning from the arts, to leadership and personal development.
The City also facilitate Youth Action Kalamunda (YAK), the City’s youth advisory and leadership committee. YAK meet each term to identify issues or concerns in the community and develop events or initiatives to address them. The team provide feedback on community engagement consultations and participate in team and leadership development days. YAK are on the hunt for more community-oriented and young leaders to join the team.