Two Years on and Going Strong
The Rockingham Youth Centre (RYC) is a purpose-built facility in Rockingham, Western Australia, that caters to young people aged 12 - 24. Since opening in March 2021, the RYC has delivered over 2000 hours of programs, events, and activities focused on building resilience, supporting young people to achieve their aspirations, and celebrating their positive contribution to the community.
ome of the programs and events offered at the RYC include pridespace, Breakthrough Music Competition, Youth Beach Party, Level Up resume and job clinics, Mooriboordap Djoowak (an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural program), and the Rockingham Youth Reference Group (RYRG).
The RYRG has been instrumental in the development of the RYC and the City’s Strategy for Children and Young People. They have also provided feedback on the delivery of several youth programs. According to Mayor Deb Hamblin, the RYC is pivotal to delivering positive outcomes for young people and fulfilling the City’s strategic aspiration of growing and nurturing community connectivity and well-being.
RYRG members Kiera Fuller and Harlee Mansfield both emphasized the importance of having a safe space like the RYC where young people can be themselves, share ideas, and create positive change within the Rockingham community. They also highlighted the positive environment at the RYC and how it helps young people build confidence to succeed.