Youth Conference Moorabbin & Geelong

Dare2B Youth Conference provides young people with an opportunity to explore their full potential including education and career pathway options but also links the importance of how a healthy body and mind will contribute to their success.

Dare2B Youth Conference aims to inspire young people and encourage them to achieve their potential and prevent young people from disengaging from education and/or having negative life experiences due to peer and social pressures that can impact their ability to succeed.

The Dare2B Youth Conference celebrates youth culture and the suite of support services which are available to young people in the region.

Dates: Moorabbin – Thursday, 26th July 2018 and Geelong – Thursday, 16th August 2018

Registration is essential.  Both events are now full, please email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

Stride Wellbeing Programs For Schools

Youth Connect in partnership with Whitelion and Stride

Stride is a not-for-profit organisation with a 25 year history in helping to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young people.

Stride wellbeing programs provide young people with essential life skills for now and into the future through programs focussed on relationship and community, resilience, career transitions and school engagement.  Through these programs young people are equipped to deal with life challenges and lead to individual self efficacy, positive community involvement and collective community impact.

Stride merged with Whitelion in 2014 to serve as the prevention and education focus of the Whitelion group for youth wellbeing services.

Follow this link for further information STRIDE Positive Steps for Young People

Youth Connect and Whitelion Merge

For 23 years Youth Connect has delivered programs and services with and for young people.  With the continual focus and development of ensuring that young people remain at the core of what we do, we are delighted to announce that Youth Connect has merged with Whitelion.

Over the last 5 years Youth Connect and Whitelion have collaborated on a number of programs including the State Government Workforce Participation Program (Work this Way) for which we successfully lobbied for a two year extension. Whitelion has also been involved in our Youth Diversion Program Right Step over a number of years. In July 2015 we formed a partnership with Whitelion to offer the Stride School Relationship and Resilience programs together with our Career and Transition programs.

Whitelion has created the Whitelion Group which includes, Open Family Australia, Stride Foundation and the Balga Detached-Youth Work Project. Youth Connect and our program branding will became part of the Whitelion Group.  The synergies, core values and common interests of each organisation include:

  • Young people
  • Reducing the multiple and complex barriers some young people face while remaining engaged with education training or employment.
  • Providing tools to those connected with and supporting young people including parents, extended families, carers and employers.

Youth Connect programs will support and add value to Whitelion’s programs that address risk factors including unemployment and school-disengagement. Through intervention services including support for vocational pathways and preventative programs in schools, the combined suite of programs aims to support greater youth independence with an increase in the number of at risk young people into employment.

A Continuity and Development strategy will see service delivery maintained and developed in our region including the scaling up of our Career and Transition and PACTS programs in Whitelion’s regions across Australia. Youth Connect’s community programs, Dare2B and Applied Learning Awards and Vet Brokerage will also be maintained. An exploration strategy has been developed to build on Youth Connect’s Social Enterprise Wheelly Good Coffee, which has already received significant support from Whitelion’s Corporate Partners.

Danny will provide program and operational transition support to both Youth Connect and Whitelion staff. In particular he will be supporting the development of the Wheelly Good Coffee strategy and program development.

The merger will take effect from 1 January 2016. Our office in Moorabbin will remain open with final location arrangements currently being considered.   We are also planning a launch early in the New Year to which we look forward to welcoming you too.

We are thrilled about the opportunity that this presents Youth Connect to be able to continue the impact we have had with and for the community. Should you have any questions now and during our transition over the coming months please contact Danny directly at [email protected] or on 8306 6300.

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board for their vision and fortitude. We would like to thank the staff for their continued dedicated professionalism which has ensured Youth Connect is seen as outstanding example of an organisation supporting the pathways and transitions young people take through school, further training, higher education and employment.



Danny Schwarz         Signature

Danny Schwarz                                  Roland Lindell

Chief Executive Officer                     Chairperson

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National PACTS Network Membership is now open for Trained Facilitators

2017 Membership will entitle you to:

  • Access to all of the PACTS support material available on the PACTS WIKI
  • Access to updated material as it becomes available during the year.
  • Ability to work with Youth Connect to leverage support for funding.
  • Opportunity to engage with PACTS Facilitators from around the country and benefit from their experiences.
  • Access to the PACTS evaluation.
  • Ability to contribute to future research and evaluation.

Membership application is available on the home page of the Youth Connect website.

Please contact us on 03 8354 0829 if you have any further queries.

We look forward to having you as part of the Network so we can continue to support each other to support parents in communities across the country.

PACTS Facilitator Training 2017



Tuesday, 5th December 2017


Whitelion Head Office – 155 Roden Street, West Melbourne

COST: $350 plus GST

For more information contact Mary on 03 8354 0829 or email: [email protected]


Register online:-

Volunteers Needed for IPREP Mock Interviews March 2016

Stride-Youth Connect are looking for Volunteers to be part of our iPREP Mock Interview program for young people.
Through volunteering with Stride-Youth Connect, you will be giving back to the community by sharing your knowledge and experience with young people while gaining interpersonal skills at the same time.

Our mock interview program provides school students with the opportunity to have a mock interview with a young
person to give them a real interview experience.
What it means to be a volunteer for Stride-Youth Connect:

• Meeting new people
• The opportunity to develop new skills
• Increase confidence
• Opportunities for volunteers to contribute to their community

Volunteer requirements
• Knowledgeable professionals who have experience
• Have experience interviewing job candidates
• Aged 18 and older

Skills Needed: Professional demeanor, willingness to converse comfortably with young people at some length, and ability to give constructive feedback.

Commitment: Volunteers must commit three hours to the workshop and come prepared having read the
materials on interviewing that were emailed to them prior to the workshop.

For more information on becoming a volunteer a Stride-Youth Connect please contact us on 03 8354 0829 or [email protected]