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Barossa Youth Leadership Program

Community and Wellbeing

Barossa Youth Leadership Program

As of November 2020, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will be dissolved with the Barossa Youth Leadership Program taking its place. For the past decade the Youth Advisory Committee volunteers have helped deliver meaningful initiatives and events to young people in the Barossa region. The YAC has been an extremely valuable asset to our community that we would not be able to provide without the dedication and commitment of young volunteers. As we move from the YAC to the new Youth Leadership Program, we would like to thank all YAC volunteers, past and present, for their help and dedication.


Applications for the Barossa Youth Leadership program are currently being reviewed.

For more information please get in touch with Kirsty Hage, Manager Community and Culture on (08) 8563 8444, or alternatively email at

Program Overview

The Barossa Youth Leadership Program (B-YLP) is specifically designed to support young people aged 15 – 22 years who live, work, or study in The Barossa Council area. The B-YLP is loosely based on the Tea Tree Gully Council program, which was created three years ago. The B-YLP has a focus on group learning and tailored outcome-based sessions. The program promotes a co-led and co-designed model with the opportunity to increase community awareness, expand networks, and gain practical skills to support future opportunities. Weekly sessions will include structured content, relevant leadership training, and access to inspirational and interesting guest speakers. In addition, young leaders will attend the annual Tea Tree Gully Youth Leadership Conference.

The program requires a commitment of 2 hours per week every Tuesday for the year, (excluding school holidays), and participants who complete the majority of the course will be recognised for their commitments at the Youth Leadership graduation ceremony held in December. Each school term will comprise of a specific theme including environment, giving back, mental health and skill development.

More information on The Barossa Youth Leadership program including the aim of the program, objectives, membership, sessions, and re-appointment can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Program topics

  • Environment
  • Giving back
  • Mental health
  • Skill development

Program content

  • public speaking
  • character strengths
  • effective communication
  • debating
  • problem-solving
  • event planning
  • inspiration and motivation
  • values and perspective
  • peer mentoring
  • be a changemaker

Program objectives

The B-YLP aims to provide opportunities that may:

  • increase confidence, self-esteem, and internal motivation
  • support leadership skills in everyday life, school or work environment
  • connect with a network of likeminded people
  • further self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy skills
  • learn how to positively influence and lead others
  • assist to develop and deliver council events.


The program is free for youth leaders, and all leaders will be provided with the following:

  • relevant training and sessions
  • graduation ceremony event
  • light catering and refreshments per weekly session
  • B-YLP kit
  • end-of-year graduation

Session times

Intensive team building sessions for new leaders will be held prior to commencing the weekly sessions which will occur on Tuesdays evenings during the school term.


The Barossa Council

43-51 Tanunda Road, Nuriootpa 5355

Meet in the foyer at the Nuriootpa office.

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