​​Young people are the lead​​ers of today, not just tomorrow.

​At YMCA we believe in young people and we trust them to take charge of the world. We actively encourage them to take leadership in their own personal lives but also in their local and global communities. 

Young people have always and will always be the drivers of change in our world.​ YMCA supports our young people and wants to empower them in this process. 

Our Youth Leadership Programs:


Pronounced 'you-know-why', UNO-Y is an annual six day leadership program for young people from across Victoria. UNO-Y provides mentoring and guidance to build leadership skills and grow confidence of potential social leaders, empowering them to make change in their communities. More information about UNO-Y here.

​​Inspired Leaders

YMCA Inspired Leaders is a National Leadership Program giving young Staff and Volunteers across the organisation the skills to become community change makers. Participants of the program are motivated, inspired and passionate individuals who are making a difference in their centres and communities. The experience is life-changing, empowering and grounded!​ ​More information about Inspired Leaders here.​


Y-Voice is a team of young people who advise and collaborate with the head-honchos at YMCA Victoria. We help to set the agenda and provide significant input into issues that affect young people. More information about Y-Voice Victoria here and about Y-Voice Ballarat here

Youth Empowerment Projects

​Youth Empowerment Projects give local young people the skills, knowledge and experience to make a genuine difference in their communities, addressing the issues they care about to help make a better future. Participants can connect with like-minded peers and mentors at regular Skills Workshops and design and implement creative community projects of their own choosing.