Our youth volunteering programs are a great way for young people aged 14 – 21 to get involved in the community, develop new skills and meet new people! Many students use the program to contribute to their Duke of Edinburgh Award, Service Learning in the Community or CAS service commitment with weekly meetings being held at the Youth Development Centre. Volunteering programs run in roughly ten week cycles, commencing at the beginning of each school term. Each program requires at least ten hours of commitment from participants, and we require participants to attend at least 80% of meetings and scheduled activities during a given term.
This year we are excited to be running several volunteer groups including Vocal Rewind (Music and Events), Mospress (Youth Media Campaigners), View Finders (Environmental Sustainability) and F.R.E.S.H. (Food, Recreation, Education, Society, Health). Find out more by following the above links and reading about the first-hand experiences of our youth volunteers.
If you are interested in one of these programs and live, study or work in Mosman please fill out an expression of interest form. Please note that places in these programs are limited and someone from the Youth Services team will be in touch with you to discuss your application.
Check out what our volunteers have been up to below:
2 August, 2017, By web team IN Feature Articles
Vocal Rewind are currently seeking registrations from BANDS to perform at their upcoming event - Groovin' the Mind!
Band registration closes: Monday 28 August, 2017
Groovin' the Mind Vol. 2 is an upcoming youth-run event planned and created by one of Mosman Youth's volunteer groups - Vocal Rewind! The purpose of the event is to raise awareness for Mental Health and support the R U OK?. See below for information on the event and details for band registration!
Venue: Mosman Youth Centre (30 The Crescent, Mosman)
Date: Thursday, 21st September
For more information on performing* and to REGISTER your band for Groovin' the Mind:
*Please note that bands will be paid a performance fee for this event
If you have not performed at a Mosman Youth event before (i.e. your band may not be known to us), please submit to us a link to your music (youtube, soundcloud, etc) so that our Vocal Rewind members can select bands for the event. If you are known to us, please specify in your contact the last event you performed at and the name of your band and members.
Thanks & we look forward to hearing from you! This is a really good opportunity to play for a large crowd at a youth event with supportive volunteers and staff!
This event is funded by the Music NSW Indent Development Grant and organised by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind. This is a drug and alcohol free event.
25 May, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
Australians are the second biggest producers of waste per person in the world. Half of plastic produced globally is utilized for products that are designed for single use. When you think about this, this is an immense amount of waste going into our landfill and destroying our environment. We as individuals have the power to change this just by making a few simple lifestyle adjustments. The View Finders team look at everyday action you can implement to change your impact on the environment. We have made a short film to illustrate how simple these changes can be. Remember, the consequences of your actions outlast your lifetime.
Scene 1 (keepcup):
In this scene we juxtaposed the benefits associated with using ‘keepcups’ to the ramifications resulting from using ordinary, everyday, cups. Although these single-use containers appear to be made of just harmless paper, this isn’t the case. They contain a plastic lining that means they can’t be recycled, and once they’re in landfill, they never break down.
Buying one coffee cup each day creates an estimated 10 kg of waste over the course of a year. And this is just for one person, so overall the total amount of waste Australia produces through coffee cups is enormous, with 500 billion disposable cups produced yearly, 90% of which end up in the landfill. Reusable cups provide a sustainable alternative, and have already diverted 3.5 billion cups from landfill. The inconvenience of bringing a keepcup out with you is tiny when compared to sheer amounts of waste that would be prevented as a result. All it takes is a change in lifestyle, and although it seems small, it all adds up, impacting our environment for the better.
Scene 2 (plastic bags):
Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year - that's over 10 million new bags every day. On a larger scale, this means that every person is using 730 plastic bags every year. But there’s a really simple action that every one of us can incorporate into our lifestyles, and that is using recyclable bags when we go shopping. It is such an easy thing to do, yet we haven’t committed to change. A recyclable bag costs approximately $1, and can be used for years. It’s important that we start using them, and that we encourage our friends and family to do the same.
NSW is yet to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags, along with Victoria and WA. Sign the Clean Up Australia Day petition to pledge your support to #banthebag
Scene 3 (pizza box):
Pizza boxes are always a source of controversy when it comes to recycling. They’re covered in food, so they should go in the bin. They’re made of paper, so they should be recycled. People are under the misconception that pizza boxes in their entirety can or can’t be recycled, when in fact only the clean, grease-free parts of the cardboard box can be recycled (usually the lid). The oil on the rest contaminates the recycling process, so it can’t be recycled with clean paper. The simple answer is to tear the box in half; the oily part on the bottom goes into the bin, and the clean part on the top goes into paper recycling.
Scene 5 (plastic water bottles)
Plastic drink bottles pose a great threat to our environment and marine life, with vast amounts of waste going into landfill and ending up in the oceans. This result in the endangering and harming of marine life, while subsequently polluting our oceans and forming collection of discarded plastic that combine to form ‘plastic islands’, as exhibited in the image below. Additionally, the production of these single use plastic bottles generates greenhouse gases that pollute our atmosphere and heighten the effects of the already detrimental climate change. A simple solution to preventing these ramifications is by utilizing reusable drink bottles, meaning for a small cost you can make a significant impact.
To conclude, the View Finders team would like to stress the importance of utilizing reusable products in our everyday lives. Our video sought to show how simple it is for you to have a significant impact on your community. Remember, the consequences of your actions outlast your lifetime.
4 May, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
Come along and enjoy a free screening of this animated classic under the stars and even hop on a bike to help power the screen!
The Mosman Youth volunteer group View Finders are hosting the event as a sustainability initiative to raise awareness in the local community about our impact on the environment. Along with the pedal powered projector, the group have put together their very own trailer to encourage young people to think about their everyday impact on the environment.
Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase and people are encouraged to bring along a picnic, blankets and pillows to settle in for the night!
Friday 19 May 2017
5.30pm – 8.30pm
Mosman Square & Village Green*Now Moved to Art Gallery Grand Hall*
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 9978 4013
For more information about the View Finders team visit mosmanyouth.com.au/viewfinders
27 March, 2017, By web team IN Feature Articles
F.R.E.S.H. (formerly NEST) - Mosman Youth's volunteering program that focuses on activities around healthy eating and nutrition - have ended term 2 by running two workshops for the children that attend Mosman Before and After School Care at the Mosman Drill Hall.READMORE
24 February, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
The Battle of the Bands lineup is finally here and it is PACKED with local favourites!READMORE
Keep Friday the 3rd of March FREE for this FREE event!!
With delicious pizza, a photobooth and incredible music from some seriously talented young people...what's not to love?!
24 January, 2017, By web team IN MYcommunity
In the lead up to Shoreshocked 2017, Mosman and Northern Beaches Councils will be running 2 Battle of the Bands Comps - of which the winners will get to perform at the 2017 Shoreshocked Music Festival during National Youth Week in April.READMORE
4 January, 2017, By web team IN Mycentre
Our youth volunteering programs are a great way for young people aged 14 – 21 to get involved in the community, develop new skills and hang out with a cool group of people! Many students use the program to contribute to their Duke of Edinburgh Award, Service Learning in the Community or CAS service commitment with weekly meetings being held at the Youth Centre. Volunteering programs run in roughly ten week cycles, commencing at the beginning of each school term. Each program requires at least twelve hours commitment from participants.READMORE
22 November, 2016, By web team IN Mospress
What does it truly mean to be social?
Well, it is certainly different from person to person. But however you may feel about it, you must admit that everyone needs a little bit of it to stay healthy. We’re only human after all.
However, the sad fact is that many people, not just in Australia, but all around the world suffer from a plethora of different illnesses and disabilities which can seriously affect mental health in an individual and thus the amount of time they may spend with others.
Social Inclusion Week is a wonderful and welcoming program that will be held in many places across Australia and whose sole aim is to bring people together. It is directly aimed at disadvantaged Australians who are in some way experiencing isolation, whether it be from different forms of mental illnesses like social anxiety or unemployment, etc. Their arms are open to anyone interested in coming along and participating.
Social Inclusion Week runs from the 19th to the 27th of November.
Dr Jonathon Welch is the man who originally conceived the idea of a Social Inclusion Week for Australians. His main goal is to raise awareness about the isolation that many people go through on a daily basis.
Participation in events linked to the week is highly encouraged among young people, as isolation can have the greatest effects on people from 12 to 25 years old. Even though this age group is experiencing a higher trend, this is something that truly affects EVERYONE, so we encourage you all to attend and support this cause. You can do so by visiting the Social Inclusion Week website and finding an event that may interest you in your area. There is an abundance of different themes and activities that these gatherings will be based around, so there’s bound to be something that will make you want to participate 🙂
Click here to check out the website and find out more!READMORE
18 November, 2016, By web team IN Mycentre
With the year coming to an end and a busy month filled with yearly exams finally behind us, lets all come together and celebrate your achievements with some fine tunes and tasty food at the youth centre 🙂 Support local bands SkitZ, Black Iguana, Half Line and Frisson put on a great show and raise awareness to White Ribbon Day!
Date: Friday 25th November
Venue: Mosman Youth Centre (opposite Alan Border Oval)
Free food and yes we got a slushie machine!
Time: 4.30pm - 7pm
This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind, with support from Music NSW. This is a drug and alcohol free event.
2 November, 2016, By web team IN MYnewsAre you in band? Because we’re looking for bands. And if you’re in a band, you can register your band to our upcoming event More info coming soon… but expect the event to be free for the most part.
To register email us on email@example.com.
Venue: Mosman Youth Centre
Date: Friday 25th November
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind, with support from Music NSW. This is a drug and alcohol free event.
28 October, 2016, By web team IN Mospress
Mospress is back in action for Term 4, and has kicked off their first week with another Mosman Youth interview
SPOTLIGHT ON Ellen, interviewed by Portia
What is your spirit animal?
The animal I most connect with is a koala.
What is your favourite food?
Falafel! I love falafel...
What did you want to be when you were younger?
Ummm…. I wanted to be a comedian I think (laughs)
What is your favourite breakfast cereal?
Nutrigrain. But I ate it too much, so now I don’t like it as much anymore.
How old are you?
Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?
I personally haven't, but I've been in the car as a passenger when the driver got pulled over.
Why do you like working with young people?
Because it’s fun, and different. I don't know (laughs). Mainly because it’s fun.
What is your favourite genre of music?
Alternative or rock.
What school did you go to/where are you from?
I went St Mary’s in Manly, and St Luke's for a year. Then we moved to Melbourne and I went to High School there.
What do you do when you work? What’s your favourite part?
Talk to young people. Play games with young people. I run the NEST volunteer group that's all about nutritional education and cooking. I also work on our school holiday program excursions which I really like.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
Canmore in Canada
13 September, 2016, By web team IN Drop In
For our third week of ‘Spotlight On’ Mospress is bringing you the all you need to know on one of the casuals who can be found either serving up your Monday Munchies or playing smash bros, and is secretly a killer at table tennis. Have a read and find out a little bit more about him!READMORE
9 September, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
E-Waste: What You Need to KnowREADMORE
29 August, 2016, By web team IN Drop In
Ever wonder what the Mosman Youth staff are like? Well, Mospress Youth Media Campaigners are giving you the chance to find out, and get to know them...they are pretty awesome in case you didn't realise! We will be doing a spotlight on a different staff member at the Youth Center each week.READMORE
24 August, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On the 10th of August several members of our View Finders volunteer group went down to Clifton Gardens reserve for a beach clean up. We were joined by Julia Montgomery, Mosman Council's Environmental Sustainability Officer. She provided special waste bags for us to use as well as a proper sharps disposal in case we came across any syringes, which we did not.READMORE
18 August, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
Vocal Rewind is proud to announce the first ever, Breakout Concert, featuring the best up and coming bands in the local area of Mosman. After the very competitive audition in August, it is very clear that Mosman hosts some of the most talented young people looking for their opportunity to break out and become the next "Nirvana" or 'Silver Chair". This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind, with support from Music NSW. This is a drug and alcohol free event.
Headliner Jester Co headliner Skitz
Supporting bands: Ramen / Black Iguana / The Buscemis / Spilt Milk / Brimz / Black and Blues Brothers / Pyrocyde / Frisson
Friday 16th September @ Grand Hall, Mosman Art Gallery / 5.00pm - 8.00pm
FREE Entry & Pizza
For more information please visit www.mosmanyouth.com.au or www.mosmanyouth.com.au/vocalrewind or phone 9978 4213.
5 August, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On August 3rd View Finders had a visit from Tim Silverwood who came to speak about his experience with 'Take3' and his direct efforts to help conserve our oceans and marine life.READMORE
1 July, 2016, By web team IN Mycentre
Sign up for the BIGGEST Mosman youth event of 2016
Vocal Rewind is back and super pumped to announce another great concert in 2016. After the successful outdoor acoustic night, "Backyard Vibes" in celebration of National Youth Week in April, Vocal Rewind is set to put on the biggest youth concert in Mosman this year. Auditions will take place in August so be sure to get your bands together as this is something you do not want to miss out.
Date: Tuesday 9th August
Time: 4.30pm - 6pm
Location: Mosman YOuth Centre
Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or
contact Jerome on 9978 4213.
This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind, with support from Music NSW. This is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information please visitwww.mosmanyouth.com.au or www.facebook.com/mosmanyouth or phone 9978 4013.READMORE
22 April, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
On the 1st of April (yes April Fools), a Friday evening, Backyard Vibes organised by Vocal rewind took place at the Mosman Village Green next to the Youth Centre from 5pm-8pm.READMORE
9 March, 2016, By web team IN MYnews
Vocal Rewind is back and moving to the backyard to celebrate this year’s National Youth Week. Backyard Vibes is an outdoor acoustic night held at the Mosman Village Green next to the Youth Centre on Friday 1st of April, from 5pm-8pm. Come make some memories with our photo booth, while jamming to the bands from Mosman High, Wenona, Redlands and Queenwood who are eager to share their latest sets with the local youth. Don't forget to drop by to have some fun and eat our FREE food!
Email email@example.com with a link to your video or song, if you would like an opportunity to perform at this event.
Friday 1 April
5pm - 8pm
Mosman Village Green
12 - 25 years
FREE food / entrance
This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind. This is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information please visit www.mosmanyouth.com.au or www.facebook.com/mosmanyouth or phone 9978 4013.READMORE
23 November, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
The Better Bag for a Better World event took place on the 14th of November and provided a fantastic opportunity for the View Finders Team to engage with members of the public in the promotion of a great cause.
19 November, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
Earlier in the term the Two Hands Project came to the Mosman Youth Centre to talk to the View Finders team as well as a representative of the Mosman High environmental group. A member of the project, Silke, talked to us about the detrimental impact of single-use plastics on the environment.
28 October, 2015, By web team IN Mycentre
Vocal Rewind is proud to open the registration for the upcoming "Battle of the Bands". This will be a great way to showcase your band and win this year's title. There will be prizes to be won, including a private meeting with a publicist. Last year, we witnessed Mosman High's, Jester, take the title. This year, who will it be??
If you are interested in this opportunity and are in a group of more than one person, send in a 30 second video or MP3 file demonstrating your abilities. Alternatively you can upload it onto YouTube and email us the link to the video or just send us a link to your track.
They can be original songs or covers. You will be expected to perform at least one song on the day. Entries must be received by Sunday 22nd of November, and no later.
ABOUT BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Vocal Rewind presents the annual, “Battle of the Bands”. This is a great way to get your band out there and it’s an experience never to forget!!! Not only is it for bands; it’s also for the fans! Come along and support bands from your local community, eat some food, drink some drink and dance to your next fave band! The winner will be determined by a panel of judges who are fellow musicians and have experience in live performances. Oh and by the way, the event is freeeeeeeeeeeee!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your band.
28 October, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
Leading up to the recent Groovin' The Mind event, the Vocal Rewind group released 2 videos to share some insights on what goes on behind the scenes of planning an event, and also a quick video to raise awareness to mental health. Enyoy 🙂
Behind The Scenes
Mental Health and young people
17 July, 2015, By web team IN Mycentre
Fresh from their successful outdoor acoustic night event, Fall Festival, Vocal Rewind is proud to present, 'Groovin The Mind', a live music concert featuring some of Mosman's most talented up and coming performers. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at the Mosman Art Gallery, to help raise awareness of mental health and its impact on young people. Support local talent and the cause on this fun night with live music, giveaways, photobooth and off course FREE food.
Groovin' The Mind
Friday 21 August
Grand Hall, Mosman Art Gallery (Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road, Mosman NSW 2088)
This event is organized by the Mosman Youth Volunteering group, Vocal Rewind, with support from Music NSW. This is a drug and alcohol free event. For more information please visit www.mosmanyouth.com.au or www.facebook.com/mosmanyouth or phone 9978 4013.
About Vocal Rewind
Vocal Rewind is a group of passionate young people who organise live music gigs in Mosman for high-school students. Getting involved with Vocal Rewind means you will have the opportunity to run a gig including booking the headliners & local support acts. As a Vocal Rewind volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and develop practical music event management skills like bookings, production and marketing continue reading...
8 July, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
Vocal Rewind recently participated in a social media workshop with the lovely Karen. As we are preparing for an ambitious schedule of live music events in term 3, the timing could not be more perfect. Karen gave tips on the effective use of social media and went through the intricacies of different social media platforms, including an unfamiliar one, 'MySpace'.
Karen took us through a step by step guide of organising our own events; like roughly planning details on a calendar, identifying the target market and acting accordingly. Personally, I found this to be an extremely helpful tip as it gives you a tentative time schedule, which is extremely necessary when you want your event to be successful. I also found the helpful tips in aiding the promotions of Vocal Rewind events to be useful and practical, especially if event planning is something you want to carry on down the line. The fact that you should regulate your posts for optimal audience reach and the different rules for different social medias extremely helpful.
Overall, the workshop was interactive, fun and entertaining. Our in depth discussion on MySpace and other ancient forms of social media was probably my highlight though.READMORE
26 May, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
BY VIEW FINDERS
Pot plants can sometimes be seen as a nuisance to keep in your home, but here at View Finders we’ve been looking at their benefits and we’ve come up with a list of some of the best reasons to keep them around!READMORE
14 May, 2015, By web team IN Mycentre
To celebrate National Youth Week, Vocal Rewind organised, "Fall Festival" an outdoor acoustic night held at the Mosman Village Green. The event featured local talents such as, the Silver Hunters, Harmony Lovegrove, Scout Silbersher, Morag Anderson and DJ Equator. Be sure to check out the video and share!
19 March, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
BY VIEW FINDERS
Sitting by our not-so-secret-garden, we thought we would write a blog post with a creative environmental spin....READMORE
13 March, 2015, By web team IN MYnews
BY VIEW FINDERS
We’ve put together a recipe for a home-grown, local-based, nutritional meal for you to try yourselves!READMORE
28 January, 2015, By web team IN MYvolunteering
For over a year now our awesome Vocal Rewind volunteers have been coming together every week to organise live music events for young people in Mosman.READMORE
9 September, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
Hi, I’m Kate and I’m in year 11. I attended the event management and bookings workshop with Rebecca Young on the 5th of August at the Mosman Youth Centre. So I thought I would write a little review on how I found it!READMORE
5 September, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
From his own life and experiences, Tim taught us that change may not be immediate and that making a difference can be difficult, but as long as passion is maintained and one never gives up, change is possible.READMORE
22 July, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
You do not want to miss out on learning about event management and bookings from one of Australia's premiere booking agents Rebecca Young!READMORE
22 July, 2014, By web team IN MYskills
You do not want to miss out on hearing from Tim Silverwood on environmental issues and the need to take action NOW!READMORE