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Due to Covid-19 restrictions the youth program is currently on hold. We have an active facebook page where you can get the latest updates and make contact with the youth participants and leaders. Our youth co-ordinator, Monica is also available via email for any questions that you may have at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BTACH commenced a youth program in 1999 to cater for the needs of young people residing on the Bellarine Peninsula. The age group for the program is young people from grade 6 to year 12 or equivalent.

drop in 01The participants are involved in every aspect of the program including deciding on activities, camps, meals and workshops. Drop In is available every Friday night during school terms from 6pm to 9pm (except excursions when we may be a little later) and costs between $5 and $20 depending on the activity. All in house events are $5.00 and this covers the cost of staff and dinner. A camp is held annually. These camps give the youth workers opportunities to work with young people and build leadership skills in a safe, non-threatening, fun environment.

Since its inception the Drop In program has achieved the following outcomes for young people residing on the Bellarine Peninsula:

  • Development of a positive relationship between youth and local police,
  • Development of confidence and self-esteem amongst young people,
  • Development of young leaders,
  • Completion of first aid courses by young people, funded by Rotary,
  • Provided the opportunity for young people to speak publicly at Rotary and Lions service clubs about their achievements and issues,
  • Encouraged young people to put their artistic abilities to a positive use and held bi-annual youth art shows,
  • Encouraged young people to make their own decisions, therefore enhancing self-esteem and developing confidence within themselves.

This program has been recognised and is highly regarded by state and regional governing bodies. Our program has been awarded with the following community awards:

  • Two youth workers have been awarded Youth Worker of the year on separate occasions,
  • Kookaburra award,
  • Alcoa Foundation award,
  • Prime Super Community Group of the year award,
  • One of our youth workers was an Australian of the Year finalist in 2012,
  • Finalist in the Youth Worker of the Year 2019,
  • Regional Achievement and Community award finalist in 2019.

The Drop In program would like to acknowledge the following funding bodies for their financial contribution:

 

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