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Night Owl Hoops for Youth

Hoops for Youth is a program to support and connect Knox young people in a safe, inclusive environment. Run on Saturday nights, we welcome 12-18 year olds of all abilities including those who may be isolated or at risk.

The program combines sport, healthy meals, personal development and a life-skills workshops. Local young people get the opportunity to meet and build friendships, gain new skills and confidence. Participants develop relationships with adult mentors in the area, learn essential life skills to build resilience and confidence, and have loads of fun too.

The program is positive, high energy, structured and fun activity filling a gap on Saturday nights. It can also provide linkages to other support services.

The program will run from 4 May to 22 June 2019 (in Term 2). Interested participants should register below:

Register online

What is Hoops for Youth?

Hoops for Youth is held on a Saturday night, from 6.30pm – 11.30pm, and runs for 8 weeks at Boronia Basketball Stadium.

Each night’s activity includes;

  • Dinner with teams, coaches and other volunteers.
  • A life skills workshop –This may be a guest person from Boomers Basketball or a discussion that addresses concerns or challenges young people experience. Topics may include relationships, mental health, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol, online safety, and more.
  • At least three games of competition basketball in a round robin tournament.

Participants attend for 8 weeks and must attend for whole evenings and be a part of all the activities.

Transport home by minibus is provided if not being collected by a parent/carer.

How does it work?

Knox Night Owl Hoops for Youth is coordinated by Knox City Council. It is led by the Night Owl Committee including local community members and organisations committed to developing a safer, more inclusive community in Knox.

Volunteers from the community support the running of the program on a Saturday night and are a large part of the program’s success. The program is free to participants.

Volunteers

The contribution of all volunteers is highly valued. Volunteers play an important role in being positive role models, developing strong intergenerational relationships of trust and contributing to a more connected community.

For volunteers it is personally very rewarding. It provides volunteers an opportunity to share skills, gain experience to use elsewhere, meet new people, share a meal and have fun while working meaningfully with young people.

There are a range of unique volunteering opportunities which are offered through this program including:

  • Program Activity Manager - to manage and oversee all aspects of the program on a Saturday night to make sure it runs smoothly and safely
  • Program Activity Assistant Manager - to provide assistance to the Program Activity Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator - to coordinate, oversee and support volunteers in undertaking their roles
  • Equipment and Logistics Coordinator - to manage the equipment and resources required for the night’s activities.
  • Catering Coordinator - to source and coordinate the serving of a healthy, nutritious dinner for participants and volunteers
  • Life-skills Workshop Coordinator - to coordinate and oversee the life-skills workshop program
  • Basketball Coaches - to provide a positive inclusive experience for participants, to develop individual and team skills and knowledge of the game
  • Transport Coordinator - to manage transporting participants home by mini bus at the end of nights activities
  • Bus Drivers - to drive the mini-bus and ensure safe transport home for participants
  • Catering Assistants - to assist the Catering Coordinator
  • General Assistants - to assist with the smooth and safe running of the night program in a range of ways according to their interests

A Position Description for each volunteer position details the position purpose, key responsibilities, and desirable experience and skills.

View the Volunteer Position Descriptions below or request a copy from helen.wositzky@knox.vic.gov.au

Volunteer Application Process

Expression of Interest Form

Interested volunteers will need to complete the Expression of Interest Form for the role/s they are interested in.

To volunteer for the April – June 2019 program Expressions of Interest must be received by the end of March.

Selection and Screening

Applicants will be assessed based on their experience, skills, and training relevant to the role.
All volunteers will be registered as a Knox Council Volunteer and will be covered by insurance. Volunteers will be required to pass a Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check prior to being accepted to volunteer for this program. The cost of these checks will be covered by Knox City Council.

Induction and Training

Induction and Training is provided to support and allow volunteers to be familiarised with the program, key aspects of being involved, better perform their roles and develop their skills.

Training will be a combination of online and at least one 2 hour compulsory face to face training session. This may vary depending upon the volunteer role. Volunteer training will include relevant policies, procedures and a code of conduct that cover things such as child safety, privacy and occupational health and safety.

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