Engage Program


Our Engage Program aims to work in partnership with young people and community to increase young people’s confidence, and ability to make decisions for and with their community, as well increase young people’s wellbeing, access to employment and training and mental health services.

The program responds dynamically to young people’s needs, as expressed through recent youth specific consultations. Programs include:

Indigo Shire Youth Ambassadors Program

This annual Youth Leadership and Youth Voice program, is open to 15 year five students from across Indigo Shire and 15 young people aged 14-18 years living in Indigo Shire, who are passionate about creating positive change in their local community. From Wahgunyah to Rutherglen, Chiltern, Beechworth, Stanley, Wooragee, Indigo Valley, Barnawartha, Yackandandah, Osbornes Flat, Tangambalanga, Kiewa, Kergunyah and all the places in between. 

Youth ambassadors are given the opportunity to become the youth voice and youth representative for their community, gain skills and mentoring in leadership and effective communication, discuss and explore youth and community issues, have a say about the future of their community and create actions for positive change. Youth Ambassadors attend an initial two day leadership and change makers residency, followed by key engagement dates throughout the year.

To apply for the Youth Ambassador program contact our Youth Officer on youth@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or text/call 0422 373 542.

November 2021 Update

Twenty three Year Five students from school across the Shire have been participating in our Youth Ambassador program over the last three weeks.

The students were chosen by their respective schools as future leaders at the school as well as in their community.

The leadership program has featured a number of engaging activities and guest speakers including Luke Owens, who raised $6 million as a 19 year old for youth homelessness in Bendigo; two time Paralympian Eliza Ault-Connell who lost her legs and fingers to meningococcal disease; members of Indigo Shires' Youth for Climate Action Group; Bushfire recovery Victoria's Tracey Farrant who talked about Project management; members of the Atauro Island friendship Committee; Toastmasters Angela Larkin who gave them some hints and tips with public speaking; as well as a session in leadership/personality archetypes.

The young ambassadors have also been developing leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as taking part in a fundraising journey - the ambassadors will be organising fundraising activities in their schools over the term – with half the money raised going to the Atauro islands group and half going towards a charity of their choice.

Community Specific Youth Action Groups

Young people from key towns in Indigo Shire are invited to participate in Youth Action Groups where they develop ideas to create new initiatives and events for their communities. This can include photographic competitions, music events or small projects addressing a particular concern locally. We are currently running Youth Action Crews in Rutherglen, Beechworth and Kiewa/Tangambalanga, and will starting new Action Groups in Barnawartha and Chiltern during term three and term four of 2018.

To join your local Youth Action Crew contact our Youth Officer on youth@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or text/call 0422 373 542. Applications for this program are open all year.

LGBTQI+ Support Group

This support group commenced in 2016 and has provided support for isolated rural Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse young people. Facilitated by our Youth Officer, the aim is to provide participants with connection to local support services, provide a safe place where young people can get together and enjoy organised activities and events.

To attend a ISC LGBTQI support group gathering, contact our Youth Officer on youth@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or text/call 0422 373 542.