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Services for Young People

We recognise our community's young people as diverse, dynamic and requiring specialised support, and have set the direction of our offerings through our Youth Strategy: Young Darwin 2016 - 2021.

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Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) 

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) provides Darwin's young people with a voice to Council, with members advising on a range of topics and issues throughout the year.The YAC is a group of up to fifteen young people aged between 12 and 25 years. Together they have a range of backgrounds and experiences and are connected to local high schools, community and youth agencies, education, training, employment and recreation groups. City of Darwin's Youth Services staff and Aldermen also support and participate in YAC meetings.

Find out more about the Youth Advisory Committee

LAUNCH Youth Programs 

Our regular events and activities for young people are grouped under the banner of LAUNCH and include a diverse range or indoor and outdoor offerings covering sports, employability skills, arts, entertainment and personal development. LAUNCH also engages young people in paid work as performers, graphic designers and workshop facilitators as well as via our emerging event producer and social media training programs. Our annual calendar of skate events and LAUNCH Night Series Basketball also sit within LAUNCH.

Find out more about LAUNCH

Youth Information Card

Our team also produces a Youth Information Card annually. It is available in hard copy (see contact details below) or you can download a digital version here:

Youth Information Card

a free pocket-size card listing local youth support organisations that is produced and distributed to schools and youth service providers in the Darwin area.

Our Community Services Directory is your one-stop shop for support services in Darwin. You can use it to search for youth and other community services.

City of Darwin Youth Charter

Whilst the delivery of our youth programs is framed by our Youth Strategy, Council's broader service delivery to young people is supported by our Youth Charter. The Charter provides a set of guiding principles to Council employees, Aldermen and the wider community and highlights Council’s commitment to working with young people as valued community members.

The Youth Charter was developed by our Youth Advisory committee and includes:

  • four values statements which outline our assumptions about who young people are and their capacity to contribute to community life and
  • nine principles which articulate our commitments when working with and providing services to young people.

Young Darwin 2016-2021 Youth Strategy

We are committed to facilitating genuine youth participation opportunities and since the adoption of our first Youth Strategy in 2000, all youth events supported by Council have been planned, hosted and delivered by young people for young people. 

Download Young Darwin 2016 - 2021

Download the Young Darwin Executive summary

Libraries

Our four libraries offer a range of services, programs and materials to young people. For those looking for somewhere to study, we have an impressive online database and our members have access to ebooks and emagazines. Need somewhere to get online? Our libraries offer 1GB of daily free wifi - and you can borrow PCs, laptops and iPads whilst you're there. Printing and photocopying is also available at a low cost.

If you love writing, flex your writing muscles and enter the annual Young Territory Author Awards for a chance to win $500! The competition is open to all Territorians aged up to 18 years old (inclusive).

Find out more about our Libraries

DARWWYN

DARWWYN (Darwin Working with Youth Network) is a networking forum for youth services and youth sector workers, working with and for young people through the not-for-profit and government sectors in Darwin. DARWWYN meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Nightcliff Community Centre. We support DARWWYN through the provision of secretariat support and regular sharing of youth sector content via a weekly e-newsletter.

More Information

For information and enquiries regarding Council's youth publications or the projects on offer please contact the Youth Engagement Officer at City of Darwin

08 8930 0300

youthprojects@darwin.nt.gov.au

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Last modified 
14 Oct 2019

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