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What's on in May for young people

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Youth Services team are part of Bayside City Council and work with young people aged 10-25 years old. In a pre-COVID world, you may have found them running School Holiday Program, visiting schools, delivering the Youth Art Exhibition, running outdoor cinemas and many other great community programs and events.

During COVID-19, Youth Services have adapted their service delivery, like many others, to online engagements. Here are just a few things they have been up to in May:


Short Story Competition:

Steph, one of our Youth Workers, has been running a short story competition that closes this Friday 22 May. Short stories submitted can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry using the theme ‘hope’ as inspiration and must be 500 words or less.

The winners of each age category will be announced on Monday 1 June. Our judge, Samone, is part of our children’s team at Beaumaris Library. When Samone is not at the library, Samone freelances as an editor and writer for book publishers all across Australia. Samone has worked for many years in children’s publishing and can’t wait to judge the entries in this year’s Short Story competition. She loves all sorts of books, but her favourites are picture books, junior fiction and memoir.

To enter the short story competition, see here.

graphic of owl, pencils, light bulb with the text short story competition

Stay Active:

Jackie, our senior Youth Worker (currently in the Youth Planning and Development role) has been asking Bayside how they have been staying active during COVID-19. Jackie knows that many young people are missing their usual sporting activities, and wants to encourage everyone to give their screens a break and to try something new outdoors.

Want a chance to win one of 4 Rebel sports Vouchers? See the details below:

  1. Take a pic of the activity or the equipment you are using (no faces please for privacy reasons) - Bonus points for creativity! And send it to youth_services [at] bayside.vic.gov.au
  2. Remember to stay safe by following the DHHS guidelines

Competition is open to young people aged 10-25 years old who have a significant connection to Bayside City Council.

two girls playing tennis in their front yard using bikes as a net

Sound Bites:

Bayside’s Boombox Events committee, is the communities youth event committee. They were planning a big birthday party for Peterson Youth Centre, but have now pivoted to creating Council’s first online music event.

Sound Bites is the collaborative effort of young local musicians who have submitted videos of their performances. They have created one gig from many homes.  They will now be streamed live on Friday 22 May. Watch the performance here. 

Want to be part of the committee making these events possible? Boombox Events is currently looking for committee members- see here for more information.

Girl singing into microphone


Are you looking for new ideas or ways to working with young people in our community. Would you like to collaborate on an upcoming idea? See our program request for more information here

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