Youth engagement

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs is an inclusive youth service supporting young people aged ten to 25 who live, work, and play in Tuggeranong, Canberra. They deliver a range of services to engage young people in education, training, social-emotional development and connection to community.

You can follow what the team is doing on Instagram, @ywcacanberra_youth, and through our blog. For an example of their recent work, read about how the team:

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs offers short-term case work for young people aged 10 to 25 from the Tuggeranong area. The Youth team can help support young people in many areas of their lives and reach self-determined goals.

Through the case work program, we provide advocacy and support for young people to suit their individual needs and circumstances.

A-Z is a social support group for gender and sexuality diverse young people and allies between the ages of 12 and 25. The program offers an opportunity for young people to learn about and participate in relevant upcoming events, to hear from guest speakers and to hang out with new and existing friends.

The group meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7pm during school terms at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre. There are also options to join the meeting virtually.

If you want to join the meeting, email our Youth Engagement Team.

The LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom is an opportunity for young people to experience a formal style event and express their identity in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. This event is strictly drug and alcohol-free.

This program is funded through grants from the ACT Government and kind donations from the ACT community.

At this event, we also celebrate and recognise the exceptional young people in our community through the LGBTQIA+ & Allies Prom Awards.

Read more about what happened at the event.

Y-Aspire is a free eight-week, young women’s leadership program for girls, including female-identifying and non-binary students, in Years 7 and 8. It focuses on helping young women build a strong connection to schooling through an integrated learning program.

Through a series of two-hour workshops, combining knowledge-based and interactive activities, the participants are provided with the opportunity to identify and build on existing skills, explore topics such as identity, resilience, body confidence, self-care, respectful relationships, and leadership order to achieve their potential at school and beyond.

Y-Aspire aims to:

  • build skills and confidence to assist young women in their journey through high school and beyond
  • support them to identify and achieve their goals
  • engage young women in activities that are designed to create awareness into who they are
  • encourage future aspirations
  • foster an environment that promotes participants to question the norms and expectations that may conflict with their aspirations.

For more information about Y-Aspire, please contact Lanyon Youth Centre on 02 6185 2090.

In 2014, Y-Aspire was the recipient of an ACT Mental Health Week Award, in the category ‘Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention – Organisation’.

What our Term 3, 2019 participants at Calwell High learnt:

That I need to love myself for who I am more.

To accept who I am; everyone is different.

Made me think about what I like, what I support and what I think about myself and others.

You can also read more about the program in blog posts from our former facilitator and on reflections from students who had done the program.

Find out more and book the program for your school my emailing our Youth Engagement Team.

YWCA Canberra’s Clubhouse is a free, out of school learning space that provides over 400 young people, aged 10 to 18 in the Tuggeranong region with access to the latest technology, as well as mentoring and support to grow their skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and music.

The program exists to deliver better socio-economic outcomes for the Tuggeranong community and better STEAM employment outcomes for women and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds. With the essential support from our cross-sector partners, volunteers, Tuggeranong community, and our dedicated staff, our members have access to cutting-edge technology, industry mentors and a supportive environment that fosters their creativity and independent learning almost every week of the year.

Founded in Boston in 1993, the Clubhouse Network now extends across the world, providing 25,000 youth per year access to resources, skills and experience to help them succeed in their careers, contribute to their communities and lead outstanding lives.

The YWCA Canberra Clubhouse is located in Richardson, in the Tuggeranong region, and is a space where young people can drop by to engage with mentors, embark on new projects, and learn in a safe, friendly and open environment.

What can Clubhouse members learn?

The Clubhouse learning approach is designed to empower young people from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners.

At the Clubhouse, members can explore areas such as coding, 3D printing, photography, videography, visual art, green screen effects, music, virtual reality, and more. The Clubhouse also offers a free school holiday program during each school holiday period.

Members can drive their own projects according to their interests and ideas, and the Clubhouse Coordinator provides support and assistance. Clubhouse mentors also engage with members by sharing their experience and knowledge.

The Clubhouse really shows that young people learn best when they can work on projects that they are passionate about and actively engage in designing, creating, and inventing—not just passively receiving information.

Find out more at the YWCA Canberra Clubhouse website.

Opening hours

3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday

No prior computer skills are necessary!

Contact us

Richardson Primary School
May Gibbs Close
Richardson ACT 2905

Coordinator: Luke Ferguson
Ph: 0406 375 993

Want to contribute?

To find out more about becoming a Clubhouse partner contact

The Youth Centre is open to all young people between the ages of 10 to 25. In this space you can chat with youth workers, use computers with free internet, play X-box or watch a movie, play a game of pool, or just hang out with friends.

Opening hours

The Youth Centre is open on Monday and Tuesday from 3pm-5pm

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs offers a free school holiday program each school break to young people aged 10 to 25 in the Tuggeranong region. Activities include a mixture of exciting excursions in Canberra, and interesting drop-in activities.

YWCA Canberra Youth Programs connects with young people organically in the community to engage with socially and to support connections to other community services.

The YWCA Canberra Youth Programs are located at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre, 22 Sidney Nolan Street Conder ACT


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