Youth Engagement Project
YEP is a joint youth initiative in schools and parishes in Melbourne.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Our TGI Youth Group is the place to be for young people ages 15 and up.
We meet once a month at the Our Lady of Victories School Hall, 548 Burke Rd, Camberwell.
Our Young Adult Ministry or 'YAM' is the place to be for Young Adults involved in YEP.
We meet on various Tuesdays throughout the year at Hawthorn parish, alternating between our Open House Speaker, Open Mic, and Open House Dinner nights.
We also run social events and camps for young adults throughout the year.
|Open House Dates|
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.
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|
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 to make sandwiches and prepare the food and drinks that are distributed to those in need before going out on the van.
Contact YEP to get involved.
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
|Challenge Camp||Year 9 & Youth Team Leaders||Apr 13 - 15||Camp Rumbug, Foster North||A weekend of fun during these Easter School holidays! Open to Year 9 and 10 students from Melbourne. There will be many challenges along the way (even a mud run) and time to take a moment to think about where you're headed in life. Challenge yourself to become the best person you can be and be inspired by other young people who have faced challenges in their lives. Come along and join in the adventure!||$190||Click here|
|Winter Sleepout||Students in Yrs 7-9 & Leaders in Yrs 10-12||May 26-27||Burke Hall Campus, Xavier College||Run 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.||TBC||TBC|
|Bourke Immersion||Year 11+||TBC||Bourke, NSW||An 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.||$700||TBC|
|Young Adult Weekend||Young Adults||TBC||Pallotti College, Yarra Valley||A retreat and community weekend specifically for Young Adults. The program includes talks and other opportunities for reflection as well as shared discussion and recreation.||TBC||TBC|
All participants attending YEP camps, events and experiences must register.
-- Click here for the online YEP Event Registration Form --
Thank you for completing the YEP Event Registration form.
Payments for YEP Camps and Events can be made via one of the following options.
TRY BOOKING ONLINE PAYMENTS
Make payments at Try Booking by clinking the following links:
Challenge Camp: Click here
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.
DIRECT DEBIT PAYMENTS
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.
CHEQUE AND CASH PAYMENTS
Cheques should be made out to "YEP".
Deliver or post to:
345 Burwood Rd
Hawthorn VIC, 3122
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
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
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:
0438 770 666 - firstname.lastname@example.org
0413 039 057 - email@example.com