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.

Check out our Term 2 scheduled youth programs

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.

Due to COVID-19, last year’s Prom was converted to a picnic in the park. Read more about what happened at the event.

Y-Aspire is a free eight-week, young women’s leadership program for girls 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, 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’.

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

Find out more and book the program for your school by 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.

This includes our new recording studios at both our Richardson location and the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre.

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 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.

What can Clubhouse members learn?

YWCA Canberra is excited to be re-opening our Clubhouse program at Richardson Primary School. In term 2, the Clubhouse will operate from both Richardson Primary school (May Gibbs Close, Richardson 2905) and the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (22 Sidney Nolan Street, Conder 2906).

Opening hours and locations: 

Monday – 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Richardson Primary School

Tuesday – 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre

Wednesday – 3:00pm to 6:00pm at Richardson Primary School

Thursday – 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre

Friday – 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre

Membership

The Clubhouse is a free program, however you must be a member to attend. Please complete and return this membership form to a staff member in person, or by emailing youth@ywca-canberra.org.au before attending the program.

Booking system

Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, the Clubhouse now has a booking system for the Richardson Primary School site only. The Clubhouse will still operate as an open access program where young people can come and go as they wish throughout the duration of Clubhouse, however if you want to ensure that you can attend before the capacity limit of 18 young people is reached, please book here.

Contact us

Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre
22 Sidney Nolan Street
Conder ACT 2906

Coordinator: Annie-Leah Rowley
Ph: 0400 300 781
Email: youth@ywca-canberra.org.au

Want to contribute?

To find out more about becoming a Clubhouse partner contact caf.team@ywca-canberra.org.au

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

Location

Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre
22 Sidney Nolan Street
Conder ACT 2906

Opening hours

The Youth Centre opening hours are:
  • Tuesday 3 to 7pm
  • Wednesday 3 to 6pm
  • Thursday 3 to 6pm.

We also run programs for young people:

  • A–Z group: Wednesday 3 to 6pm
  • Teen clinic: Thursday 2 to 5.30pm.

The YWCA Canberra Youth Programs Team provides a free school holiday program to young people age 10-25 in Tuggeranong. These school holidays we’re delivering activities at the Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre (MLYCC) during the first week, and collaborating with the Woden Youth Centre, and A Gender Agenda’s Encampment for the second week. Activities include making stickers, creating handmade paper, upcycling clothes through heat press vinyl designs and sewing, an interagency youth week sunset festival, and carton drawing workshops.

Check out our 2022 Autumn School Holiday Program

Please take note on the flyer of where activities will be held. Excursions will leave from the MLYCC. Excursions require a signed excursion permission form. To be involved in the Woden Youth Centre activities, please visit their website to complete their registration form, www.wcs.org.au. Encampment is no longer taking enrolments.

Get in contact for more information:

Email: youth@ywca-canberra.org.au

Phone: (02) 6185 2090

Get in contact for more information:

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

To provide feedback on our services, please fill out our feedback form.

Email: youth@ywca-canberra.org.au