Young People

To connect, develop, and support our young people to live safe, happy, and healthy lives.

Young people are not only an important part of our future, but an integral part of our now. We are guided by three key priority areas:

  • creating safe, accessible, and relevant spaces and opportunities for young people to connect with each other and other members of our local community
  • promoting happiness by furthering the skills of our young people, professionally and personally, to equip them with strong foundations for future work and life
  • empowering our young people to live healthy lives by providing access to professional services, such as counselling, career guidance, education and training

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Read more about our commitment to young people:

Youth Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2023(PDF, 12MB)

FReeZA

FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people.

Concerts, camps, art festivals and skate comps are just a few of the opportunities available for young people through FReeZA.

The FReeZA committee is made up of young people aged 12–25-years who put their skills and talents toward running a variety of events throughout the year. To join the committee or for more information please contact Kylie Peel, 5775 8619, youth.services@mansfield.vic.gov.au

 

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Engage!

Engage! is Victorian Government funding that enables our youth team to provide a number of great programs for young people. This includes the Youth on the Move program, leadership development, enterprise, pathways to employment and education, connection to community, improved health and wellbeing and skills development. Young people can get involved in a number of ways, keep an eye out for upcoming programs and events.

For more information on the Engage! program, please contact us on 5775 8619, or youth.services@mansfield.vic.gov.au

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TAC L2P Program

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is a VicRoads initiative funded by TAC that aims to assist learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience. L2P is free for eligible young people and is funded by the Transport Accident Commission.

While gaining the required driving hours with the mentor, the learner driver will also have the opportunity to access some driving lessons (funded by the program) with a professional driving instructor to further enhance their driving skills.

To join the Mansfield Shire Council L2P program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • be between 16 and 20 years of age
  • have a current Learner's Permit
  • not have any health issues that affect safe driving
  • be unable to achieve the 120 hours of required practice without the L2P program due to challenging financial, family or personal circumstances
  • be living in Mansfield Shire

Learners can apply online by filling in the e-form on the VicRoads website.  

Alternatively, please contact the L2P Coordinator Amelia Turner on 0437 886 339 or email amelia.turner@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Volunteer Mentors

The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program is a VicRoads initiative funded by TAC that aims to assist learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Young people are matched with fully licensed volunteer mentors and have access to a sponsored vehicle, which they can use to get supervised driving experience.  L2P is free for eligible young people and is funded by the Transport Accident Commission.

Volunteer mentors are trained by Vic roads and need to complete police and licence checks and have a Working with Children’s Check as they will be working with vulnerable young people. 

So, if you have 2 hours to spare each week, hold a Victorian Driver’s licence, enjoy driving and would like to work with young people to assist them in getting their 120 hours driving experience to be safety road users then this might be the position for you.

If you are interested in joining the L2P program as a volunteer mentor, please direct your enquiry to the L2P Coordinator Amelia Turner on 0437 886 339 or email amelia.turner@mansfield.vic.gov.au

Alternatively, potential mentors can generate an expression of interest online by filling in this e-form on the VicRoads website.

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Contact

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For more information on any of our services, contact us on 5775 8619, or youth.services@mansfield.vic.gov.au

You can find more information on upcoming events and programs on our social media channels, Mansfield Shire Youth on Mansfield Shire Youth on Facebook and Mansfield Shire Youth on Instagram.