City's youth services go digital

Friday, 24 April 2020

More than 30 online programs will help young people in Geelong connect with their peers, learn a new skill and share ideas while maintaining physical distancing.

These programs are delivered by the City of Greater Geelong’s Youth Development Unit, which has quickly adapted to offer its existing services online.

In addition to adapting existing programs, the Youth Development Unit has introduced a range of new initiatives including video tutorials, at-home activity packs and a pen pal program.

Interest in the City’s youth programs have increased by 50% since making the transition online.

All programs facilitated by the Youth Development Unit are free for young people in the region aged between 12 and 25 years old.

Programs cater to a variety of interests, including online art classes, gaming, skate chat groups and more. These occur on a daily, weekly or fortnightly basis.

Each year the City reaches approximately 30,000 young people through 2000 youth-based programs.

Find out how to join and the latest information about these programs at the Geelong Youth page, Geelong Youth Facebook page or by following Geelong Youth on Instagram.

Information about how the City is responding to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation can be viewed on the Coronavirus Support Page

Quotes attributed to Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher:

These programs are a fantastic way to keep young people engaged, connected and learning while being unable to see friends and take part in activities.

I’m really pleased to see that young people are taking advantage of these programs from our Youth Development Unit. It’s so important they feel supported and safe during this uncertain time.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 5 May 2020