Youth Services

 Middle Years and Youth

Like everyone, we are monitoring the evolving situation and will continue to support DHHS as they work to ensure the health and safety of Victorians. This is a serious public health situation and the wellbeing of our community is our number one priority. We have been preparing since Coronavirus threatened to reach Australia, with preventative measures put in place at our youth services, the Hub, libraries, aquatic centres, maternal and child health centres and other public facing facilities. Following the Victorian Government’s declaration of a four week State of Emergency to assist measures to ‘flatten the curve’ of the spread of Coronavirus and give our health system the best chance of managing, some community services, programs and facilities will either close or alter their offering from Wednesday 18 March until Monday 13 April. This timing will be reviewed in line with the evolving situation.

This will include:

  • The Child and Youth Community Hub (the Hub) will close from 9am Wednesday 18 March until 4pm Tuesday 14 April and all programs will be suspended over this time.
  • Middle Years and Youth Services Office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20 March until 9am Tuesday 14 April. All MYYS staff will be working from home and will continue to be contactable via their email and mobiles. Case management support will continue to be provided via telephone. Please contact Celeste Cody, Youth Services Team Leader for more information.

We will continue to review the operation of our services, programs and facilities to ensure the wellbeing of our community. We have communicated directly with the families and young people impacted by these changes and we will continue to provide regular updates on our social media.

If you are looking for specific up-to-date information or advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website.

For more information please contact Stonnington Middle Years and Youth Services on 8290 7020 or youth@stonnington.vic.gov.au

Middle Years and Youth Services

Stonnington Middle Years and Youth Services provide services and programs for children and young people 6 to 25 years who live, work and visit the municipality. Services are delivered through two business areas of Council - the Child & Youth Community Well-being Hub and Youth Services which are managed and operate in partnership to ensure an integrated approach to the delivery of services for young people.

We've moved

From 7 October go to our new home upstairs at Grattan Gardens Community Centre - 40 Grattan Street, Prahran.

The centre is in the Grattan Gardens, next to Prahran Square and just a five minute walk from Little Chapel Street where we currently are. There are lots of trains, trams and bus stops nearby, see the map below for transport options.

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Stonnington Youth Services

The Youth Services team provides  programs and services to young people 12 - 25 years and is located conveniently just off Chapel Street near the corner of Malvern Road at 22 Little Chapel Street, Prahran.

Stonnington Youth Services delivers:

  • non-therapeutic case management for 12-25 year olds
  • Drumbeat: therapeutic group drumming in schools
  • STEP-UP: transitions from primary to secondary school support program
  • FReeZA committee and six associated events per year (inc Battle, GLOW dance, VIVA)
  • Expressions Event Series, celebrating diversity in Stonnington
  • Hit the Streets Graffiti Education and Prevention Program
  • Traffic Signal Boxes: young people mentored by professional artist to paint Chapel St TSBs
  • Young Local Leaders Program
  • MADD: Music program
  • Brickworks: a fitness program for vulnerable young people focusing on a range of socio-emotional outcomes.

Middle Years Services

The Prahran Child and Youth Community Wellbeing Hub (The Hub)

The Prahran Child and Youth Community Wellbeing Hub (The Hub) is located on the Horace Petty Housing Estate in South Yarra.

The Hub provides programs, events and services for young people aged 6-12 years who reside in public housing estates in the South Yarra and Prahran area. This service has a team of dedicated workers who support young people and families to access socio-emotional and recreational activities as well as support services to address barriers impacting on wellbeing and educational engagement.

The Hub delivers:

  • Dental Hygiene Program
  • Trauma informed Yoga
  • Afternoon Drop-In
  • Saturday Drop-In
  • St Martin’s Theatre program
  • Martial Arts program
  • Soccer Program
  • School Holiday Program
  • Walk to School Month
  • Children’s Week Party
  • Christmas Toyshop
  • Monthly Community Barbecues
  • Christmas Party
  • Non-therapeutic Case Management.

Strategic initiatives

In addition to direct service delivery to young people, Stonnington Middle Years and Youth Services undertake dedicated strategic work including providing consultation and advocacy to the youth sector on issues impacting young people, and provide support to schools and education providers working with young people. The service has a high profile in the community, often taking the lead role in the coordination of partnerships and initiatives to increase wellbeing outcomes for local youth.

Strategic initiatives include:

  • Mayor’s Education Breakfast Forums
  • Stonnington Youth Network
  • Parent Information Sessions
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid training
  • School Focussed Youth Services (SFYS)
  • Stonnington Student Support Fund (SSSF)
  • Youth Engagement Partnership (YEP)
  • Stonnington Youth Services Website
  • Stonnington Youth Services Social Media channels
  • Youth Suicide Response Protocol

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For more information please contact Stonnington Middle Years and Youth Services on 8290 7020 or youth@stonnington.vic.gov.au