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We are prioritising critical services and some services may be reduced. This means there will be longer wait times for customers contacting us by phone. Many of our services are available online. Advice on which services can continue is changing rapidly. For regular updates, go to

What's On for Young People in Knox

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Knox Arts and Events - ISO Arts Second Series

Knox Arts and Events are launching a second series of free artist development webinars hosted by ward-winning producer and mentor, Laura Milke-Garner.

The sessions will be presented via Zoom and include, “How to Present an Online Workshop”, “Online Productivity
Tools for Creatives”, “How to Build a Mailing List” and “Basic Budgeting 101”.

The sessions will be on Tuesday 4, Thursday 6, Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 from 2 - 3pm.
It is free to register and participate. Please refer to the Facebook event for further information.

Follow Knox Arts and Events on Facebook and Instagram (@knoxartsandevents) to enjoy all of these exciting online activities.

Knox Factor 2020

Knox Factor 2020

Knox Factor is a talent competition for aspiring vocalists from 5 years to 25 years of age, who either live, study, work or play within Knox.

Unlike other years, this year each contestant will be assigned an experienced mentor, to support and guide them through each round of the competition.

Applications close at midnight on 9 August 2020.

For complete details, application information and T's & C's visit Knox Factor 2020

And follow Knox Arts and Events on Facebook and Instagram at Knox Arts & Events.

IMPORTANT: Knox Factor will operate strictly alongside Covid-19 regulations as either live events or live recordings, depending on the current restrictions.

Stringybark Festival 2020 - Coming Live To Your Backyard!

Knox Stringybark Festival

Sunday 18 October, 9am – 9pm

Virtual Event that is being streamed live from

Stringybark Festival 2020 will be coming to you live in your backyard, celebrating home grown creativity, sustainability stories, backyard projects and the local Knox community.

The Festival will take a slightly different spin this year in line with Covid-19 restrictions, offering patrons a unique mix of virtual programs including workshops, presentations and performances.

Knox City Council invites local residents, community organisations and businesses to contribute to this year’s exciting program, with a number of opportunities to be involved for those with great ideas that contribute to the themes of Sustainability, Creativity, Nature Play, Kitchen and Backyard Fun.

To get involved; Expressions of Interest is now open!
Visit the Knox Arts and Events Facebook page or visit the web via Stringybark 2020

Please submit a Program Partner Expression of Interest application outlining how you would like to participate along with the required information. All activities will be presented within the current Covid-19 Victorian Restrictions.

Applications close 5pm Friday 14 August 2020.

YMCA Victoria launches Virtual Y

YMCA logo

Virtual Y has been launched in partnership with the Victorian Government to support young people and the community.

With Virtual Y, the YMCA wants to ensure young people can continue to learn and grow, stay physically active, increase their wellbeing and stay engaged with one another. Although we are launching the first phase of Virtual Y with programming specifically designed with young people in mind other members of the community will find beneficial modules suited to them.

On Virtual Y, you'll be able to access exclusive fitness, nutrition, wellbeing, family and youth content. From keeping fit through workouts and training at home; learning all about nutrition with our delicious recipes and Healthy Living Magazine; looking after your wellbeing with mindfulness practices; learning with your family with home activities; to engaging with the youth community through our Youth Hub.

For more information, or to get connected virtually, visit Virtual Y

Spread a little more kindness during August

Action for Happiness

When we do good we feel good. Help spread a little more kindness within the world.

Altruistic August; Action Calendar for August

Altruism is vital for the human race to survive and thrive; and each of our lives is supported by countless kind acts from other people. Yet in our world today, so much is directing us to think only about ourselves - and we often forget the happiness that comes by caring for others.

This August Action for Happiness is asking everyone to take one kind act per day to create a wave of kindness to spread around the world.

The Satellite Foundation - Satellite Connect Program

The Satellite Foundation are offering a free program 'Satellite Connect' - Find a place and a space to be heard, to learn and to share your stories.
This is a primarily online, free program for young people 17—23yrs (approx.) who have a parent/carer with a mental illness.

Satellite Connect provides opportunities for young people to be heard and the power of their experiences to be shared through a supported and positive platform.

The Next Program is open for registration.
Program One Dates; Monday 27 July, Monday 3/10/17/24/31 August, 2020
Program Two Dates: Monday 21/28 September, Monday 5/12/19/26 October, 2020
Time; 6.30 – 8.30pm

For more information, or to apply online or download the application form, visit the Satellite Foundation

Youth Affairs Council Victoria

Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) is the peak body and leading policy advocate for young people and the youth sector in Victoria.

Their vision is that the rights of young people in Victoria are respected, and they are active, visible and valued in their communities. Our mission is to propel action that inspires positive change for young people and the youth sector. To do this they Elevate voices of young people, Promote solutions, Build capacity,Nurture connections, Advance thinking.

YACVic is an independent, for-purpose organisation with core funding from the Victorian Government’s Office for Equality and Youth. They pursue social justice by maintaining a focus on those young people in our community who face disadvantage or marginalisation.

YACVic provide additional targeted advocacy and services through key services, YACVic Rural and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service, and their auspiced partner, the Koorie Youth Council.

For more information and to get involved at YACVic or see their events and programs visit Getting Involved at YACVic


Volunteering for Knox
Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your local Knox community. Being a volunteer can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience that can enhance your life and the well-being of the whole community.

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. Volunteering Victoria has a singular and specialised focus on volunteering. They see their role as leading the development of a collaborative, sustainable, thriving volunteering community and movement in Victoria. They promote and build a vibrant, strong volunteering community that is inclusive, respected and sustainable.

Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Courses available for studying, fun, social, business, rooms for hire.
Visit RNLC

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

School Holiday programs, activities, events and classes available.
For more information contact the centre on 9758 9180 or visit Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

Knox Community Arts Centre

School Holiday programs, activities, events and classes available.
For more information contact the centre on 9729 7287 or visit Knox Community Arts Centre


FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing young people between the ages of 12-25 with the opportunity to attend affordable and accessible music and cultural events.

FReeZA attracts over 140,000 young people each year to events that take place in safe, fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free venues across the Victoria.

The Victorian Government supports the FReeZA program and is committed to providing opportunities for young people aged 12-25 to participate in this innovative youth development program.

For more information on FReeZA, including upcoming gigs, dance parties, cultural events and more visit FReeZA

Skate and BMX Park Programs

Knox Skate and BMX Park in Knoxfield

Simply Skateboarding in partnership with Knox City Council offers regular skate and BMX programs at Knox Skate & BMX Park.

Knox Skate & BMX Park is located at the corner Ferntree Gully Road and Gilbert Park Drive, Knoxfield. Parking is available off Forbes Close (Melway Ref: 73 B6).

Youth Central

Youth Central is the Victorian Government's web-based initiative for young people aged 12-25. The site continues to be the premier website for young people and the Victorian Government.

Youth Central website offers a range of information and advice in regards to:

  • how to find employment and specific information around gaining employment
  • relationships matters
  • travel
  • money matters
  • courses you can study
  • competitions
  • latest releases in movies
  • CDs and games, and
  • many other events

Youth Central also offers information and opportunities for young people to participate in their local communities.

Log onto Youth Central to get involved in groups, forums, events and competitions and assistance including jobs and careers, resume writing, study tips and lots more!

Relationships website for young people (secondary school age)

Young Victorians attending secondary school have a website exclusively focused on relationships called Love; the good, the bad and the ugly

It is based on young people’s stories about modern relationships and covers topics like - Am I ready for sex?; Should I be friends with my ex?; Online dating tips, how to ask someone out, or how to end it when the relationship isn’t working.

The website is an initiative of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and VicHealth, through the Partners in Prevention program with the aim of preventing violence against women.

The site tackles many difficult issues and does not shy away from providing straight ahead advice on such things as; digital age issues, friends with benefits issues and relationships with older people.

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