Opportunities for young people

This page provides information about the range of opportunities and activities that are available for young people in the City of Stirling.

Damian Martin as first Youth Ambassador

Youth Development

Young people are one of our community’s greatest assets. They represent the future and the City is dedicated to enhancing the skills, knowledge and opportunities for young people in the City. 

The City's Children and Youth Development Team includes an Aboriginal Youth Development Officer and a Multicultural Youth Development Officer to reflect our culturally diverse and rich community.

The City of Stirling’s youth framework is designed to support the City’s young people’s contribution to community life, society and environment in meaningful ways. 

For more information on the Youth Framework, visit the Community improvement initiatives page. 

Stirling Youth Advocates (SYA)

The Stirling Youth Advocates (SYA) are a group of passionate young people aiming to effect positive change in their community. SYA provides an opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and inform the City of Stirling on what they would like to see happening for young people. Membership is a volunteer commitment but comes with numerous benefits. 

New membership is welcome provided you live, work or study in the City of Stirling and are aged 16 to 25 years. 

Acknowledgement of Country

The Stirling Youth Advocates (SYA) would like to acknowledge the traditional owners, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation as we pay our respects to their elder’s past and present.

Diversity welcome

SYA celebrates diversity in all its forms. We value people’s age, culture, ability, sexuality, gender identity, religion and beliefs. We want all young people to feel valued, appreciated and empowered to be their best self and achieve their personal goals.

Vision of SYA

SYA aim to effect positive change in community by making young people feel valued, appreciated and empowered. 

Our purpose

SYA’s purpose is to branch out to the community and voice the needs of the youth in the City of Stirling.

Our values

Respect, compassion and honesty.

Objectives

SYA is facilitated by City of Stirling’s Youth Development Team, our objectives are drawn from the City of Stirling’s Youth Framework key focus areas. These are:

Engagement, information and support

  • Strategy 1 Using various avenues/ platforms to inform young people of meaningful and relevant information
  • Strategy 2 Develop partnerships with organisations that align with SYA’s goals and values.

Leadership and civic participation

  • Strategy 1 Provide support to youth-led projects that are both SYA driven and other sub groups
  • Strategy 2 Encourage and facilitate civic participation by adding value to existing opportunities.

Youth friendly spaces

  • Strategy 1 Develop a program of youth activities that activate and encourage young people to engage in the community.

Inclusion and diversity

  • Strategy 1 Celebrate the unique experiences of the diverse young people of the City of Stirling.

For more information, please contact youth@stirling.wa.gov.au 

Spill the tea

We've teamed up with Black Pig Deli Co to host 'Spill the Tea'. A program that allows LGBTIQA+ young people (15 - 24-year-olds) to meet up over a complimentary cup of coffee and a slice of cake, all whilst expanding their friendship circles, sharing stories and developing themselves to be the best they can be. 

The venue is closed to the public during this event, creating a safe space for attendees to feel comfortable and able to be themselves without prejudice. 

Places are limited and registration is required through Eventbrite

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au 

Youth programs

Scarborough Drop in

Whitelion will be down at Scarborough foreshore every Friday night from April to October 2022. Youth workers will be on site to chat with young people and link them to other programs and services. The City's Children and Youth Development team will be providing some free activities and events as part of this program so keep an eye on our events page

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Balga Street Games 

Come along and join in with our free weekly drop in sports sessions for young people. Participate in basketball, AFL and/or Soccer every Tuesday from 4.00pm to 5.00pm (during the school term only) at Bina Parkland, Princess Road, Balga.

No registrations required. 

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Barista Brews

Barista Brews is a full day barista course for young people aged between 15-24 years. This hands-on course provides the knowledge, training and an opportunity for young people to develop skills and become industry ready faster. 

Keep an eye out on the City's Facebook page for expressions of interest to participate in the Barista Brews program. 

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Whirling in Stirling

The City has partnered with Freestyle Now and are excited to present a series of coaching workshops for skateboards, scooters and BMX participants of all ages and skill levels. 

These workshop sessions are more than just teaching skills, they are fun, informative and motivational. Workshops run annually from the September school holidays so keep an eye on our events page

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Tuned Up for What

Tuned Up for What is a car maintenance program for young people consisting of the practical and theoretical components of owning a car.

The program consists of three key areas:

  • Driver development
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Vehicle purchasing.

Keep an eye out on the City's Facebook page for the next round of workshops. 

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Skate Competitions

Bina Skate Festival, held at Bina Parkland in Balga, is a one-day skate and BMX competition event for young people hosted by the City of Stirling and facilitated by Freestyle Now. 

Carine Skate Festival, held at the Carine Skate Park, is a one-day skate and BMX competition for young people in partnership with the City of Joondalup.

Both skate competitions are held at the beginning of each year.

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Youth Week

Youth Week is held in April each year and to celebrate the City hosts a range of events and activities that celebrate the contributions that young people make to the community. 

For more information, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

RYDE Driver Education Program

The City of Stirling is a service provider of the City of Joondalup's RYDE (Regional Youth Driver Education) program. The RYDE program provides young people aged 16 to 25 years the opportunity to complete their supervised hours of driving with a volunteer driver. Further information about the RYDE program including eligibility, costs and location can be found at RYDE

If you live in Stirling and want to sign up for the RYDE program, please email youth@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Leisure centres

Stirling Leisure Centres provide a wide range of active programs for young people including:

  • Young people can enjoy games of ‘beatball’ which is a monthly under-18 multicultural three-on-three basketball competition - along with food and entertainment from a local DJ. The games are followed by a free sausage sizzle for participants.

For more information, please see Junior sports.

  • TeenFit is a group fitness program aimed at 13 to 17 years olds and is run at Stirling Leisure Centres - Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre. With reduced fees and school friendly session times, it's a great way to improve your teen's fitness.

For more information, please see Term based programs.

Youth Volunteering

Get involved in your local community and become a registered volunteer with the City of Stirling.

The City has a dedicated Volunteer Services Team to support you throughout your volunteer journey and a variety of roles and opportunities available to suit all aged and abilities.

Giving up your time to help others is extremely rewarding and is a fantastic way to gain new skills, meet new people and really make a positive difference.

For more information please visit the Volunteering page, or contact the Volunteer Services Team on (08) 9205 8583.