Hobart City Council Youth Programs provides activities, events and venues for young people who live in and access the city. Youth Programs focus on increasing the participation of young people in everything that Council does.
Participation by young people underpins everything Youth Programs does, from young people being involved in organising their own 8Ball competitions at Youth ARC to their meaningful involvement in consultation to inform Council's 20 year vision.
Participation by young people means they are provided with opportunities to identify, coordinate, deliver and enjoy their own arts, cultural, recreational and social activities and events in public places as well as Council venues such as skate parks and Council's youth centre, the Youth Action Resource Centre (Youth ARC).
Youth ARC (Youth Action Resource Centre)
Youth ARC located at 44 Collins Street, Hobart, at the rear of the City Hall provides a supervised and friendly environment for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 where they can socialise and enjoy arts, entertainment and recreation activities. Youth ARC is an institution among Hobart's young people and has undergone many changes in its 11 year history. Youth ARC changes as Hobart's young people change and is a strong focal point for Council's Youth Programs and most importantly for the young people who utilise its resources.
Hobart City Council works in partnership with the Tasmanian Department of Education to provide the Youth ARC Personalised Learning Program (YARC PLP). This innovative program based on big picture school principles, supports 13 -16 year olds who are unable to attend mainstream schools by providing experienced teaching and support staff to help students realise their full potential through appropriate schooling and vocational opportunities.
Outdoor Youth Work
Council's outdoor youth work includes activities in public spaces such as Franklin Square, Elizabeth Street Mall, North and West Hobart skate parks as well as major community events such as Carols by the Bay. As well as celebrating the talents and skills of young people in the arts and sporting arenas, these events increase young people's positive engagement with the wider community. Outdoor youth work also includes consultation with young people on the street as well as CBD businesses that is often undertaken in partnership with other youth organisations such as the Hobart Police & Community Youth Club (PCYC).