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Young people

The Gold Coast community is made up of over 98,000 young people aged 12 to 24 years. The City works closely with private and public high schools and a youth network of more than 200 not-for-profit, voluntary, community and private organisations. We acknowledge the critical role these groups play in the lives of our young people.


Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020

The youth plan provides a strategic framework for the delivery of City services to the growing number of young people living in the city. It highlights key City programs, activities and services and outlines key initiatives.


Junior Council - Civic leadership program

Junior Council is a student leadership and civic program for young people in grades 10 and 11 attending high school within the Gold Coast region.

The two-year program provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in communication, public speaking, leadership and to learn about local government and community issues.


Level Up – Arts Incubator Program

The City's youth arts incubator program, Level Up, aims to engage emerging young artists transitioning from school, work or tertiary studies to a career in the creative industries sector on the Gold Coast.

It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging young artists to take their arts practice to the next level and be a part of the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.


Queensland Youth Week

Queensland Youth Week

Held in April each year, Queensland Youth Week is a week-long celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 and the positive contribution they make to our communities.


Youth hubs

After school and school holiday programs operate from various City community centres. The programs incorporate a range of activities designed for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years, and all activities are free.


Other youth programs and events

Find information on youth activities and organised events.


School-based education programs

The City provides information, support and visits to schools who want to include Council’s role, work and governance structure into the curriculum. We also run programs to engage and educate young people about Council and to recognise the contribution that young people make to our community.

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