Carlton Youth Advisory (CYA)

Program Description

Young people on the Carlton public housing estate galvanised together to create opportunities for them and their peers to have influence over their local community. With the support of the drum the Carlton Youth Advisory (C’YA) meets monthly to discuss how to create the kind of environment they want for their family to grow up in.

Collaborating with Anyaak, this group of passionate young people has been delivering activities that empower young people to respond to local concerns in a project called Carlton 3053.


What can you expect?

Since being established in early 2016, C’YA local six young people have meet monthly to discuss their concerns. They have voiced increased concerns about substance mis-use in their background. In response they have organised meetings and events where C’YA’s members and other residents have presented their worries about safety to CoHealth, the Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria Police, Wilson’s Security and the Church of all Nations. CYA’s members have also prepared reports and a short film about these concerns to undertake advocacy on this issue at the local and state government level.

If you come along to a CYA meeting you can expect to meet other young people committed to their local community. You can expect to talk about what kind of community you wanna live in, how to create that, and how to influence others to support this vision come to life.


Can we help you attend?

You really just need to show up. But is you are shy or aren’t confident about doing this you can give us a holla and one of our friendly youth workers can make you feel comfortable and welcome.


How to get there

The community hub is on Lygon Street, between Palmerston Street and Alexander Parade. It is on the Carlton Public Housing Estate, at the bottom of the 480 tower.

To get here, you can catch tram number 1 or 8 and the closest stop is 113 or bus 200 or 200/207 combined


Is permission required?

Short answer – yes. Click on this link to complete simple registration form.

ALSO – You can just turn up and meet other young men with a connection to Carlton and Parkville. If you start attending regularly we will ask you to complete a registration form.


Why do you need to complete a registration form?

the drum’s registration form should have all the dets you need, and also for your parent, guardian or carer.  The form outlines what the activities are, including ours and yours responsibilities. We also need emergency contact details, we usually don’t need them, but just in case we need to contact your parent, guardian or carer in case of an emergency. It is also useful to know – and if we don’t ask – we don’t know about any spiritual, health and wellbeing needs you may have.

If you are under 18 the registration form needs to be signed by your parent, carer or guardian to complete registration form.

If you are over 18 you can sign this for yourself but we’ll still need some emergency contact details.

We absolutely keep your information confidential and we respect your privacy.

If you want to be super organised and bring the registration form on your first visit to the program click here. Otherwise, we can provide a paper copy when you attend the program.

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