Youth Engagement Project

YEP is a joint youth initiative welcoming any young people from the area!

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Who We Are

YEP is a joint project of the following Catholic Parishes and Catholic Secondary Colleges:
Sacret Heart, Kew
Immaculate Conception, Hawthorn
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Deepdene
All Hallows, Balwyn
Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell
Genazzano FCJ College
Xavier College

Our Vision

YEP's Vision is as that youth and young adults are actively engaged with the Church, so that they might claim it as their own and “take up their rightful place as the young heart of the Church.”

Our Mission

YEP's Mission is based on the document Anointed and Sent – An Australian Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, July 2009).

This mission is to ensure that opportunities for engagement exist and to provide pathways for all young people, no matter what their parish or school affiliation, with the following key focuses:
To foster the personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
To nurture the religious imagination of young people and their hopes for the Church and the wider world.
To invite young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Church both within and beyond their local community.
To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today.

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan advances our mission through focusing on six key focus areas:

FOCUS AREA # 1: Prayer and Worship
To ensure that young people are engaged in a variety of faith and worship experiences.
To strengthen the spiritual life of young people.

FOCUS AREA # 2: Community Life
To ensure an environment where young people are welcomed into an experience of Christian community and encouraged to develop loving relationships based on truthfulness and authenticity.
To strengthen young peoples’ sense of identity within the local parish communities and contribute to the life of these through participation, membership and leadership.
To raise awareness of the wider Church community and seek, where available, opportunities for collaboration with other young adult initiatives, both within the Archdiocese and at the National level.

FOCUS AREA # 3: Service and Justice
To develop opportunities for faith in action through a variety of service and justice activities.
To ensure clearly articulated links are made by young people between faith and action.
To raise awareness of the wider parish life and ministry and seek, where available, opportunities for collaboration with other initiatives within the local parish communities.

FOCUS AREA # 4: Formation
To raise the level of understanding and meaning of Christian Discipleship for young people.
To enable young people to engage more deeply with the mystery of God in Christ.
To expose YEP team members and participants to a variety of spiritual traditions, with specific emphasis on Ignatian Spirituality.

FOCUS AREA # 5: Leadership Development
To ensure that young people exercise leadership in a variety of ways within and beyond their local faith communities.
To build the capacity of young people to be leaders in faith by identifying, training and supporting young adult leaders to work with younger youth.

FOCUS AREA # 6: Pastoral Care
To ensure our local faith communities are places of inclusion, care and support for young people in everyday living as well as in times of crisis.


TGI Friday

Our TGIF Youth Group (aka. Thank God It's Friday) is the place to be for young people ages 15 and up.

We meet once a month at the All Hallows Parish Centre, 17 Brenbeal St, Balwyn.

TGI Friday Dates
FEB 17
MAR 17
APR 21
MAY 19
JUN 16
JUL 21
AUG 18
SEP 15
OCT 13
NOV 17

Young Adult

Our Young Adult Ministry or 'YAM' is the place to be for Young Adults involved in YEP.

We meet every second Tuesday at Hawthorn parish, alternating between our Checkpoint prayer nights and our Open House nights with engaging guest speakers.

We also run social events and camps for young adults throughout the year.

Checkpoint DatesOpen House Dates
AUG 22OCT 10
SEP 19NOV 14
OCT 24 
NOV 21 

Days of Service

Social Action days, working with marginalised in the suburbs of Melbourne. Backyard Blitz & St Joesph’s Parish in South Yarra.

Anyone Year 10+ Welcome.

Days of Service Dates
APR 5, 6
SEP 27, 28
DEC 13

Youth Mass

The YEP community invites everyone from all ministries throughout the parishes to come together to celebrate at the monthly Youth Mass led by young people with meaningful input and vibrant music.

Youth Mass Dates
SEP 24

Soup Van

YEP organises a team of volunteers that work on the North Melbourne Soup Van each week.

The van runs every Monday night and volunteers meet at 91-111 Melrose Street North Melbourne at 6:00pm.

YEP Soup Van Coordinator - Shaun Bourke
0424 907 252 -

Click here for more information


The Flemington Flats is a home to many refugee families. Many of the children need tutoring help with English and homework. We urgently need help so if you have some time and a big heart please get in contact.

To help call Anne Turpin on 0429 691 679


Silent RetreatYoung AdultsMay 5-6Tarrawarra Monastery, Yarra GlenA Weekend experience featuring in-depth discussion and reflection that will explore who Jesus is and what it means to journey with him today as well as through the Easter story.$100Trybooking
Winter SleepoutStudents in Yrs 7-9 & Leaders in Yrs 10-12May 27-28Burke Hall Campus, Xavier CollegeRun by the Senior Youth this event highlights the issue of HOMELESSNESS both globally and around Melbourne. It is also night of fun and community building.$40Contact YEP Team
Bourke ImmersionYear 11+Jun 24 - Jul 1Bourke, NSWAn 8 day immersion and service experience working with St Ignatius Primary School, the Missionaries of Charity, the Police Citizens Youth Centre and the local Bourke community.$650Trybooking
Social Trip & BYBYear 9 & 10Jul 14-16Pallotti College, Yarra ValleyDetails coming.$80TBC
Young Adult WeekendYoung AdultsAug 25-27Pallotti College, Yarra ValleyA retreat and community weekend specifically for Young Adults. The program includes talks and other opportunities for reflection as well as shared discussion and recreation.$80Contact YEP Team
Challenge CampYear 9 & Youth Team LeadersSep 22-24Joseph Harris Park, Mt MarthaA Weekend of Fun, Small Groups and lots of large community. Held at the Scout Camp at Mount Martha there is plenty of room for all and the opporuntity for some really great discussion as well as a whole lot of fun. And the Challenge Course and Flying Fox are unreal? Come along and join in the adventure.$160Contact YEP Team
Bourke ImmersionYear 11+Jun 24 - Jul 1Bourke, NSWAn 8 day immersion and service experience working with St Ignatius Primary School, the Missionaries of Charity, the Police Citizens Youth Centre and the local Bourke community.$650TBC
Australian Catholic Youth FestivalAll Youth CatholicsDec 7-9Sydney Olympic Park, NSWTravel up with us as we join an estimated 15,000 other young people from across Australia. Promises to be a awesome experience with huge plenary sessions, workshops and fun. More information will be provided closer to the date but get in contact with us if you would be interested so we can start planning.$400TryBooking


Event Registration

All participants attending YEP camps, events and experiences must register.

-- Click here for the online YEP Event Registration Form --

Event Payments

Thank you for completing the YEP Event Registration form.
Payments for YEP Camps and Events can be made via one of the following options.

Make payments at Try Booking by clinking the following links:
Light to the Nations
ACYF 2017

Other Payment Methods
If you cannot pay with Try Booking click here for other payment options.

Other Payment Methods

Other payments methods are listed below.


Account Name: Hawthorn Parish Youth Ministry
Account BSB: 083-347
Account Number: 7543 79117
Please reference your payment with Surname and Event Name. E.g. Jones-WinterSleepout
Please email payment receipt/confirmation to the YEP Team - click here for contact details.


Cheques should be made out to "YEP".
Deliver or post to:
YEP Office
345 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn VIC, 3122

Professional Standards

The Australian Jesuit Province has policies in place regarding how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of Jesuits and lay partners are outlined in the document:

Policy for safeguarding children & vulnerable adults

Download Document

Principles and procedures relating to how Australian Church ministries engage in ministry are also outlined in the Towards Healing document, as well as the documents Integrity in Service of the Church and Integrity in Ministry.

Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards.

The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.

Reporting, remedy and redress

If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:

If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the police or relevant authority in your state (Police emergency number - 000 in all states).

Contact the office of the Professional Standards Resource Group (established jointly by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes) at the appropriate number as listed below.Contact the Head of the relevant school or relevant ministry.Contact the Jesuit Provincial’s Assistant for Professional Standards (currently Fr Jamie Calder SJ) on 03 9810 7300.
Please note that when children are involved, many states have mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.

Professional standards resource groups

New South Wales/ACT 1300 369 977
Northern Territory 0418 736 890
Queensland 1800 337 928
South Australia 1800 139 020
Tasmania 1800 356 613
Victoria 1800 816 030
Western Australia 1800 072 390

Soup Van

The van runs every Monday night and volunteers meet at 91-111 Melrose Street North Melbourne at 6:00pm.

To add your name to the roster or to notify if you cannot make a shift please contact the van coordinator with as much notice as possible.

For more information please refer to the YEP SOUP VAN GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS.

Please contact Shaun or the YEP Team for a copy of the YEP SOUP VAN GUIDELINES FOR VOLUNTEERS.
Click here for YEP Team contact details.

YEP Soup Van Coordinators:
Michael Bennett
0438 770 666 -
Michael Catania
0413 039 057 -
Shaun Bourke
0424 907 252 -