“During a recent job interview, the interviewer and I found that we were both choir members. Then we talked a lot and he began to understand the difficulties that an overseas student faced in job hunting, and said he would like to help me and provide me an opportunity to prove myself. So, I got the job.” Melbourne Sings participant
Young people have their whole lives ahead of them, and whilst this is definitely exciting, it can also be very overwhelming. There are lots of choices and discoveries to be made – about the world, other people, and in particular, you. So if you are a young choir member and are looking for a place to start understanding who you are and what life has to offer, then you have come to the right place. Whether you need a job, or want to study, or need medical assistance, we can connect you with the right services.
Even if you don’t really know what you are looking for, we can help. Speak to your conductor, or try some of our suggestions for some great youth organisations that really understand who you are and what you’re going through.
Who can help you?
We recommend the following organisations – they can help you access the appropriate services and advise as a young person.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. The organisation helps young people who are going through a tough time. Headspace provides people up to the age of 25 with health advice, support and information, focusing on areas of general health, mental health and counselling, education, employment and other services, alcohol and other drug services.
Contact Information: (03) 9027 0100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Youthcentral is the Victorian Government’s web-based initiative for young people aged 12-25 and provides support for all young Victorians.
Contact Information: email@example.com
MELBOURNE CITY MISSION
Melbourne City Mission works with people experiencing disadvantage across Melbourne and Victoria. Every week we help thousands of people build a clear pathway away from economic exclusion and social isolation. One of their main services is to help people young people find jobs, new opportunities and new friendships.
Contact Information: (03) 8625 4444, firstname.lastname@example.org, 19 King Street Melbourne VIC 3000
If you’re feeling lonely or bored, why not check out Meetup.com? Whatever your interests – from music to dancing or cycling – there’s a Meetup group where you can connect with like-minded people! Lots of people find the With One Voice choirs through this fantastic, free website.
Remember, you can always ask your conductor or fellow choir members for advice. You never know what kind of opportunities choir will bring.