Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program is for young people aged 16-25 years who live, work or study in the City of Greater Dandenong. The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to work with likeminded individuals, develop leadership skills, and make a positive impact by planning and delivering community projects. 

  • Be a voice for your peers and advocate on local youth issues
  • Develop leadership, communication and teamwork skills
  • Increase your understanding of Local Government and interact with Councillors
  • Gain hands-on project management experience and contribute to the development of your community 

How can I get involved?

  • When: Weekly on Tuesdays
  • Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Ages: Young people aged 16-25 years who live, work, study or have a significant connection to the City of Greater Dandenong.
  • Registration: Essential.

Applications for the 2020 Young Leaders program are now closed.

If you are interested in participating next year, please email your name and phone number to and we will notify you when applications for the 2021 Young Leaders program are open.

2019 Young Leaders projects

Each year, the Young Leaders are supported to research, plan, deliver and evaluate community projects based on identified community needs. The following 3 youth led projects were undertaken in 2019.

Community Safety Project

The Young Leaders’ community safety project, Youth Exceeding Expectations, aimed to challenge community perceptions of young people as the perpetrators of antisocial or criminal behaviour in Central Dandenong. The group delivered a ‘pop up event’ at Dandenong Station, to positively activate the space and engage with commuters.

Mental Health Project

The Young Leaders identified the impact of technology and social media as an emerging challenge influencing young people’s mental health. Their approach to address this challenge included 1) Delivering a Safe Socials Workshop for young people 12-16 years, to help mitigate the risks and pitfalls experienced when engaging online; 2) Developed Beyond the Screen – a tip sheet on how to manage the use of technology (click here to download); and 3) Presented to youth professionals at the Greater Dandenong Youth Network during Mental Health Week.

Health and Wellbeing Project

The Young Leaders produced a life skills resource (click here to download) to support newly arrived and migrant young people who have a caring role. The Young Leaders recognised that these young people can often take on additional responsibility in supporting their family as they settle in Australia. The resource includes information relating to healthcare, mental health, employment, health eating and financial management.

Find out more

For further information, please contact Youth and Family Services:

Phone: 9793 2155
Facebook: cgdyouthservices
Instagram: greaterdandenongyouthservices