Bendigo Youth Services runs a number of programs to keep young people in the community active and engaged.
Our weekly programs run at YO Bendigo and Peter Krenz Leisure Centre are free and open for young people so come along and meet new friends, have fun, and connect.
The YMCA Bendigo Y-Space Youth Hub is a weekly program that runs on a Wednesday afternoon, 4-6pm at YO Bendigo, 45 Mundy Street, Bendigo during school terms. The free program offers a range of fun activities and is designed to support young people to connect to each other in a safe, supported setting. Y-Space is facilitated by experienced youth workers and is open to young people aged 13 - 18 years old.
Y-Games is all about encouraging young people to get active through a range of games and activities designed to be fun and interactive. The weekly program runs on a Tuesday 4-5pm during school terms at the Peter Krenz Leisure Centre in Eaglehawk, is free and open to young people aged 12 - 16 years old.
Bendigo Marketplace Connection Club
YMCA Youth Services Bendigo works in partnership with the region’s largest shopping centre, The Bendigo Marketplace, along with several community organisation to provide regular wellbeing activities. The shopping centre is a popular meeting place for young people outside school hours and is a perfect venue to connect to young people and provide them with information around other programs on offer.
Secondary School Programs
To ensure we are reaching young people on their own turf, our Youth Workers and volunteers regularly run workshops and lunchtime activities in local secondary schools to promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing and ensure students are aware of the programs YMCA Youth Services Bendigo has on offer.
Activities can include:
- Dodge ball or swing-ball competitions
- Music quizzes
- Meditation sessions
- Artwork collaborations