Drop in Centre

The Drop in Centre operates a variety of programs for both Top End youth and Top End seniors.

Location: 11 Palmerston Crescent, Satepak Building, Palmerston

Email: adrian.mccann@ymca.org.au

Phone: (08) 8932 1096

For youth, the drop in centre offers free after school activities, school holiday programs and late evening activities. Weekly Girls nights are ran every Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm and Boys night runs every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm. See a detailed list below of all the youth programs we also run. 

On school days, the Drop in Centre welcomes youth aged 10-20 to come relax in a safe supervised environment. We offer a range of free after school social, educational and recreational activities, such as:

  • ​Computers for home, work and play
  • Various Xbox games and PSP games
  • Ping pong tables and pool tables
  • Hip Hop workshops
  • Art & Craft making
  • Discos
  • School holiday programs for youth
  • Weekly Girls Night and Boys Night​

Parent Nights

Every month we invite all of our youths parents along to a parent night to discuss relevant topics and issues concerning our youth. These nights give the parents a chance to hear about what is going on in our youths lives, raise their concerns, discuss solutions and receive advice on things that are most relevant to their children. 

Along with a great bonding session and social experiences the nights prove to be an informative and fun evening for everyone. ​

Youth Programs

​Early Intervention Youth Bootcamp

In partnership with Operation Flinders, we conducted three wilderness therapy camps for 12 to 18 year olds. 

Held at Loves Creek, Alice Springs. Young people and staff walk 100km over the eight days. On completion youth undertake 10 weeks of case management, followed by a team reunion. 

Camp activities include; bush walking, Bush cooking, camping, Aboriginal cultural interaction, abseiling and navigation skills. Over 120 young people are given the opportunity to participate each year. Camps are held each April, July and September.

The project offers:

  • Insight/awareness of the consequences ad impacts of their choices
  • Self-control, problem solving, communication and team skills
  • The opportunity to think about their cultural identity, their capacity and self-worth and their willingness to change

​YMCA Change Agent Program

The YMCA Change Agent program is an international 2 year leadership development program for young leaders within the YMCA. The program includes mentorship, online training and two global networking experiences.

Change Agents are nominated by their local YMCA and work towards the YMCA’s collective goal of youth empowerment. Champions of change and impact, they hear the needs of youth in their community and advocate for these needs to be met through the work of their local YMCA. Change Agents are also global citizens.

 The Change Agent program brings together up to 200 YMCA leaders aged 18-30 years, from over 60 countries. During two global gatherings Change Agents meet for two weeks to share and learn together. 

Through the exchange of global realities they gain a comprehensive understanding of the untold story of young people and their critical concerns about issues of health, employment, civic engagement & environment.

 These global interactions create opportunities for Change Agents to work together to give youth the platform and tools they need (whatever that may be, depending on the young person’s starting point) to feel needed, trusted, and able to believe in possibilities, to further trust themselves to lead and believe they can make a difference, thereby becoming a change maker in the world.

​ShoutOut! Program

ShoutOut! is a NT based youth-led movement focusing on mental illness amongst our Territory youth. 

Shout Out! was Founded in 2013 by young people in response to the uniquely high suicide rates of our peers in the Northern Territory. 

ShoutOut! has two main aims which are: Empower young people to change community perception of mental illness and empower them to seek support for mental health issues and ensure the support is accessible and relevant. 

ShoutOut! achieves this through:

  • Collaborative youth events such as Art for Awareness art competition and workshops, Good Vibes Music Minifest, public pop-up resource and information stalls and several National Youth Week forums
  • Development and sharing of relevant resources
  • Advocating to the mental health sector for the needs of young people.
  • Relaying feedback from young people to mental health organisations and government so that youth can actively participate in informing the decisions that affect them.

​Senior Programs

In the morning, we offer several senior programs in our Drop in Centre, like our senior bowls program.​

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