Manningham Council provides youth services to help our young people develop and grow.

Our services include a wide range of activities and youth services that are offered through the Manningham YMCA, various youth programs such as a volunteer mentor Learner driver program, and a School Focused Youth Services program which supports young people who are at risk.

Council's commitment to young people is documented in the Icon for application/pdf Manningham Youth Policy and Action Plan (853.96 KB).

Manningham Youth Providers Network

The Manningham Youth Providers Network is open to schools and agencies supporting young people in Manningham. There are six meetings per year.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for this network, please email wendy.ross@manningham.vic.gov.au.

Homework Help

Do you need help with your homework? Could you use the help of professional tutors to get through some of your exams? Would you like free access to the internet and free printing? Not to mention free SNACKS!

Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library offers homework programs for secondary school students.

These programs are free and bookings are not required. For further information:

Lead 2 Sustain

Lead2Sustain is an exciting youth sustainability program aimed at helping and inspiring young people in Manningham to:

  • Reduce their environmental impact
  • Take sustainability action

For more information about these type of programs, please view the School and Youth in the Environment.

L2P learner driver mentor program

What is the L2P Program?

The Manningham Whitehorse L2P learner driver mentor program is a community based, volunteer program. L2P helps learner drivers from both Manningham and Whitehorse Council areas who face significant barriers, to gain their mandatory 120 driving hours required to obtain a probationary licence.

Why was L2P introduced?

The Graduated Licensing System (which came into effect in 2007) requires that all learner drivers aged under 21 years achieve a minimum of 120 hours supervised driving experience. For most young learner drivers this will be achievable through professional driving instructor lessons and practice with parents, extended family or close friends.

However, there are a number of young people who have considerable difficulty gaining access to a vehicle or supervising driver (or both) on an ongoing basis.

How does L2P work?

Learner drivers are matched with fully licensed community volunteers. The learner and their mentor go out for regular driving sessions, in a vehicle sponsored by Manningham and Whitehorse Councils, working towards 120 hours of driving practice. L2P also incorporates up to seven free professional driving lessons by a registered driving instructor. This is to ensure the young people participating have some driving skills before being matched with a volunteer mentor.

Who can be an L2P mentor?

Mentors are volunteers from the community who undertake a selection and training process to become a supervising driver. Mentors develop and maintain a purposeful, empowering, supportive and ongoing relationship with the learner driver they are matched with by meeting with them for at least one hour per week. Mentoring provides opportunities to meet new people develop new skills and add variety to the mentor’s life. You can find out more about becoming a Icon for application/pdf L2P Volunteer (87.49 KB).

What Learner Drivers eligible to participate?

L2P is for young people aged 16-21 with a current learners permit but without access to a vehicle or supervising driver to achieve 120 hours of supervised driving experience. Young people can be referred to the program by youth agencies, schools, parents or can refer themselves. There is no charge to participants however applicants will need to meet the eligibility criteria before being accepted into the program.

For more information, call L2P Project Officer on 9846 0537 or email Isabel.machuca@manningham.vic.gov.au