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Youth in Marion

The City of Marion is committed to working with young people and the community to make the region a positive and inclusive place for young people to live, work, play and connect.

We celebrate diversity and individually and ensure all projects, events, grants and partnerships are inclusive for all young people including people of various gender, age, sexuality, cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs and those living with disability.

The City of Marion has an official Youth Collective Committee (YCC), that aims to bridge the gap between council and young people, organise youth led projects and initiatives, and provide positive outcomes for young people. You can stay up to date with what the YCC is up to through our channels.

@marionycc - Instagram

M.Y News - Digital Newsletter (Read and see what youth are up to in Marion!) You can sign up for email updates here.

Marion Battle of the Bands

This year, we Amped it Up for Battle of the Bands!

Over two EPIC days, we heard from the best local talent Marion has to offer! This multi-day event split into two categories, with bands competing for a life-changing prize - a mentoring and recording package from Island Recording Studios, that will culminate in the release of their amazing singles!

On Saturday we had the iconic Choosing Sides - They are an explosive indie-rock music band from Adelaide/Kaurna Land. Hailing from the south coast of Adelaide, Choosing Sides are one of the most energetic and contagiously fun young acts to recently emerge on the Australian indie-rock scene!

On Sunday we were treated to an incredible performance from The Empty Threats. Winners of the 2023 National Music Awards BEST LIVE ACT, The Empty Threats are an energetic / eccentric 5-piece punk/noise rock band from Kaurna Land / Adelaide in South Australia. With a perfect blend of influences from across many genres and a captivating and unique live performance, the band is a cornerstone live act amongst the Adelaide Music community.

This event also featured some incredible markets from Young Hearts Pop up Markets within the Marion Cultural Centre Plaza. With over 40 young stallholders aged 5 to 25, a chillout zone, live solo acoustic performances, and a sensory safe space.

While there may only be two winners per category, every band that was involved deserves a large applause for their incredible performances!

On Saturday, open based band Exit Plan won First Prize, with MÄNTRÄ coming a close second!

Sunday saw school-based band Sol Collective steal First Prize, with the iconic BROKEN-42 taking second!

Saturday 25 November 2023

Battle of the Bands - Open Category

  • Sol Collective
  • Crystal Jellyfish
  • Exit Plan
  • DEW
  • Headline Act – Choosing Sides

Sunday 26 November 2023

Battle of the bands – School Based Category

  • Show & Tell
  • The Plague
  • BROKEN-42
  • Sacrificial Larynx
  • Retilex
  • Headline Act – The Empty Threats

This event was a YOUTH LED initiative organised, facilitated and created by the City of Marion's Youth Collective Committee. Want to know more about them? Check out their Instagram @marionYCC

Safe Space Project Report 2022 - 2026

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The Safe Space Project heard from young people in the City of Marion about mental health and wellbeing, and what helps them to feel safe. This project was lead by the City of Marion Youth Collective Committee in partnership with CCYP and headspace.

This report outlines the importance of mental health support tailored for young people, and the need for this in the community. The report also showcases how informed young people are, and that they have the ideas to create solutions targeted for their community.

It hopes to provide insight into how keyed-in and knowledgeable young people are about things that affect them, and that they have the solutions. The report showcases youth-led ideas and hopes to demonstrate to council needs that must be addressed to support youth mental health and wellbeing in the City of Marion.

You can read more here.

Skate Daze - Marion 2023

The Marion Youth Collective Committee, along with On The Flip Side, local bands, and market stalls celebrated an energetic day of music, art, workshops, and skating on 17 June.

Despite wet weather, crowds emerged to celebrate their favourite music artists, including:

  • Satin Sun
  • Perfect 50
  • The Genevieves
  • Moshpit Girlfriend

The collective also organised a prize raffle on the day, giving out prizes to Mutiple winners, and collected survey data on our upcoming projects.

Local market stalls were also set up that sold Jewely, art, crochet, band merchandise and more!

Youth Collective Committee 2023

The Marion Youth Collective Committe is back for 2023, bringing along a renewed energy and excitement to deliver positive change for young people in the City of Mairon.

The YCC meets fortnightly to discuss issues of importance to young people, organise projects, events and more to address the needs of young people, and inform Council on how they can interact to with young people in ensuring maximum positive change for young people.

The 2023 cohort have already been involved in numerous projects such as the Youth Week Art Exhibition, skate daze, battle of the bands, passions projects and much more!

The cohort consists of: Zane LeBlond, Emma Eldhose, Jessica Williams, Art, Charlotte Victory, Ariana Burgos-Garabelli, James Beaumont, Antony Abbracciavento, Henri Cowan, Tess Bennett, Lachlan van Dyke, and Sanjay Umakaran.

Youth Grants

The Youth Grants are designed to support eligible groups and organisations to deliver well-managed and relevant activities and programs whilst strengthening connections for young people 12-25 years in our community.

The grants can assist youth organisations and services to identify projects that they feel meet a local need, utilising their experience, expertise and existing connections in the City of Marion. The Youth Grants will contribute to providing positive opportunities in a strong, connected and inclusive community.

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Youth Achievement Grants

Young people aged 12- 25 years at the time of the event are eligible to apply.

What is the Youth Achievement Grants Program?

The purpose of the Youth Achievement Grants is to encourage young people who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen field. The aim of the grants program is to award financial assistance to support young people achieving their individual goals. Grants are available for young people who are residents of the City of Marion, under the following categories but not limited to: Education and Academic Performance ,Youth Leadership eg: Youth Parliament, Youth Forums, The Arts eg: Creative, Visual and Performing, Sport and Recreation eg: State and National Competitions, Community and Culture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Sustainability.

Applicants are eligible for

$200 - state level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

$400 - national level representation or equivalent in your chosen field

$400 - state & national level representation for the same activity

Find out more - Grants

Urgent Assistance

If you need urgent assistance or support, call a crisis service now using the below phone numbers. The below websites can also provide great information and support.

Crisis service phone numbers

  • Kids Help Line: 1800 551 800
  • Life Line; 131 114
  • Crisis Care: 131 161
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS): 1300 131 340
  • South Australian Police (SAPOL) - Emergency: 000
  • South Australian Police (SAPOL) - Assistance Line: 131 444

 Useful websites

Youth Policies