What services does AYC provide for young people?
AYC provides a broad range of services for young people. We employ specialist youth workers and an adolescent and family counsellor to work with this age group. They also work closely with others that are important to young people such as parents, schools and other youth services.
Often we use fun activities to connect with young people such as soccer (football) programs, camps, and creative activities such as art, dance and music. Sometimes this will lead to individual counselling and many young people will access more than one of our programs.
The AYC Youth Workers can also assist youths in public transports fines, employment, education, juvenile justice issues, accommodation, help with Centrelink or mentoring! To access this service just drop in or call to make an appointment.
A safe and supervised space where young people can come to relax, play games or use our PS4, Internet, Wifi, computers, Table Tennis table, music recording studio, guitars, keyboards, drum kit, basketball court and small indoor soccer court. It is a place to socilaise and have fun for free. This is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30am-6pm and Friday from 11:30am- 8pm.
We have afternoon tea available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at about 4.30. It could be fruit, sandwiches or a BBQ.
Drop In Programs
We also do some activities in the afternoons and weekends. You can turn up and join in. Please click here for Auburn Youth Centre Program of Activities.
AYC Music Program
AYC Music Program – Wednesday and Thursdays 3:00 – 5:30pm
AYC music program begins with inspired individuals. AYC’s music programs have found success through its staff of dedicated workers and volunteers who have a passion for creating a welcoming environment for artistic expression and building self-esteem in young people. Creating music is an extremely valuable experience. It is important for the leaders to have an outgoing, fun, and engaging personality. AYC’s music leaders have experience in some form of musical instrument, along with the desire to involve and engage youth in a series of songs and musical activities. AYC has created a weekly schedule to promote a stable environment for young people to enjoy and explore musical freedoms.
Components of the program
General Studio Operations: Establishing the norms such as not playing instruments/not disturbing their neighbour when recording/performance is happening. They are here to jam/write/record but also need to respect the space, instruments, and each other.
Basic Lyric Writing Techniques: The first step in simple rhyme form. Finding out how to rhyme and ways to rhyme to express the feelings and thoughts of the participants.
Lyric Writing: At this stage, participants choose whether they want to do a solo, duo or group track. Lyric writing is continued with solo/groups to move forward to the eventual outcome of recording the track they are writing to.
Beat Making: Making an instrumental by using the hardware/software provided, making a beat/instrumental which will complement the lyrics written by the young person/people.
Recording: Using the instrumentation and lyrics and bringing them together (with the young person/people) to make a final product.
Instrumentation: Tuition in instruments which include; Keyboard, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals.
***Registration for music program/studio can be done using this form.
Help With Fines
Some people are able to pay off their fines by completing a Work and Development Order. Auburn Youth Centre is registered to help people undertake this program.
What is a Work and Development Order?
Work and Development Orders (WDO) are made by the State Debt Recovery Office (SDRO). A WDO allows eligible people to satisfy their fine debt through unpaid work with an approved organisation or by undertaking certain courses or treatment.
The criteria to be eligible for a WDO include,
- having mental illness
- having an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment
- experiencing acute economic hardship
- or have a serious addiction to drugs alcohol/volatile substances
How will Auburn Youth Centre assist in reducing my fines?
People wanting to register in the WDO program must make an appointment by ringing the centre on 96462122. An appointment will be made where the person must bring :
- State Debt Recovering Notice
- Bank statement(or access to bank statement)
- Or Centrelink notice or pension card
If you are eligible we can then make a program that allows you to pay off your fines. The centre will put in to place a activities, programs or workshops to be completed as a part of the WDO.
School or University too hard? Being bullied? Want to find work? In trouble with the police? Have legal issues? Need to find a new place to live? Having problems at home or with your friends? Want to talk about relationships? Have health issues and don’t know what to do? Need help to get into TAFE or University? Feeling lost? Have no food? Just want someone to talk to? AYC has qualified youth and community workers who are at the Centre every day to help you. There is no problem too small or too big. If we can’t help you we will take you to someone who can.
We can help you to achieve your dreams or overcome the immediate problems you are facing. What you tell us will remain confidential (we won’t tell others) unless the law tells us otherwise. AYC are mandatory reporters so if you are at extreme risk we do have to tell authorities.
Everyone needs help at some stage in their life. AYC can provide that help.
School Holiday Programs
Each school holidays AYC conducts weekly activities that include excursions. Activities are mostly free and have included visits to the Sydney Aquarium, Luna Park, Jenolan Caves, dance parties, hip hop workshops, and extended drop in hours. Please see our events or Facebook page for more information.
AYC also has a full time counsellor who is available by appointment. Sometimes young people and their families need some help outside the family to cope with the difficulties that are part of life. We provide a confidential and professional service to support young people and their families. We can work individually with young people, their families or with groups of young people or their families.
This is a free service and anyone can make a referral to the AYC Counsellor. You can download our referral form here or alternatively, the referral can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to email or call us on 02 9749 2321 with any other queries relating to the referral process or the services provided.
The counsellor works face to face with clients, using a client centred and culturally appropriate approach with a wide range of interventions and therapies that is suitable to each individual and their background. Counselling is provided to young people aged 12-24 and/ or their parents who are living in the Auburn and surrounding areas.
We also provide support, information and referrals to families in the Auburn area such as parenting classes, setting routines, dealing with challenging children, and liaising with departments like Centrelink, housing and FACS.
AYC also provide psycho-educational interactive workshops to the students which can help raise awareness, self-improvement and strengthen community responsibility. A number of programs have been successfully delivered to schools in the Western Sydney Area which include conflict resolution, stress management, self-esteem and anger management however we can also tailor a workshop to the requirements of your students. AYC uses several presentation styles to actively involve young people, including youth-led small group activities; peer-to-peer learning and art, music and drama workshops. We can also provide support services for families in how to best engage with their adolescent children. Continuous support is always offered.