Looking for work can be challenging. As well as checking the newspaper and job websites, you can ask the local employment agencies below to help you find work.
They offer services including job matching (helping you find a job that suits your skills and interests), coaching, counselling, resumé and letter writing, and free computer use to access job sites.
148 Macquarie Road
606 High Street
Schools Industry Partnership
A free service to help school leavers and unemployed young people get a job. Open Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Shop 4, Raymond Mall 7-9 Raymond Rd, Springwood NSW 2777
Are you passionate about plumbing or aching to be an architect? Want to get skilled up in something useful, or need to get your school certificate? Then it might be time to get studying!
TAFE offers hundreds of courses, in everything from business to beauty therapy, community welfare to computer services, coffee making to chainsaw skills. You can even do your HSC.
Mitchell Street, Wentworth Falls
Blue Mountains Youth College - Lawson Campus
If high school's not working for you, the youth college gives you a chance to get back into education in a more relaxed environment. The subjects you study are similar to school, but there are no exams, no pressure, and you get one-to-one help from a tutor when you need it.
Libraries aren't just about books. You can borrow CDs and DVDs, check the latest magazines, and get on the internet, all for free. If you're doing your HSC or other study, you can access loads of premium websites for free using your library membership number. For info on local libraries go to https://library.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/client/en_AU/default
Western Sydney University - Kingswood
Just a train ride away, UWS offers a huge variety of courses. Fees vary depending on what you study, but you can apply for funding via a scholarship.
1300 897 669
Charles Sturt University - Bathurst
Study on campus or by distance, about 1 1/2 hours drive from the Upper Mountains
1800 334 733
Katoomba Youth Centre has a recording studio you can use for free.
31 Waratah Street (next to Centrelink)
Blue Mountains Choir
Musical and choral training for anyone aged 9 to 16.
Mountains Youth Band
If you've had some musical training the Youth Band offers a chance to practise, perform and compete with other classical concert bands around the state.
Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA)
A collective of young Blue Mountains aerosol artists led by staff at the Springwood and Katoomba youth centres. They work with local people to create legal works of art in public places.
0450 454 409
Get your voice heard
There are times when you might need someone to speak out for you and your friends. You may not be old enough to vote, but your opinion can still be heard by people making decisions.
Blue Mountains City Council Youth Services Development Officers
Help to figure out what services young people in the Mountains need, and work with the community and Council to plan and develop them. They also co-ordinate and support the Blue Mountains Youth Council.
2-6 Civic Place, Katoomba
4780 5680 or 4780 5545
Blue Mountains Youth Council
The Youth Council helps to educate council and the community on the views of young people living in the Blue Mountains. If you're 12-24 years old and interested in getting involved, visit this page and get the application form.
Want to change the world? Youth Action works with the NSW state government on all kinds of issues related to young people.
Youth centres are places where anyone from age 12-18 can hang out with their friends.
They have kitchens, pool tables, XBoxes and even music rooms where you can record a CD, all for free. They also run activity programs, which could be anything from jewellery making to sports competitions, bushwalks to gigs. The youth workers here are also good people to talk to if something is worrying you.
Mountains Youth Recreation Project
Outdoor adventure and exploration program, working mainly with high schools, with camps, rock climbing, canoeing and leadership programs.
Lv 2/ 31 Waratah Street, Katoomba
0421 389 790
Fusion Blue Mountains
A Christian support group for young people aged 12 - 18. They run activities designed to help you build self confidence and function in society. Activities include day trips, breakfast clubs and Talk'n'Tucker meetings, where you can make friends, share a meal and talk through issues from a Christian perspective.
160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood 2777
0423 320 555
Mountains Youth Support Project
0423 473 990 or 0423 485 873
Katoomba Youth Centre
31 Waratah Street (next to Centrelink)
Springwood Youth Centre
59 Springwood Ave Springwood
Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC)
PCYC clubs have great facilities and offer low-cost courses in martial arts such as Judo and Karate, as well as sports like boxing, gymnastics and archery. Also run leadership courses, and promote positive relationships between young people and the police.
100 Station Street
Lawson Town Square
Cr New St and Staples Crescent, Lawson
There are seven skate parks in the mountains.
Great Western Highway (near the train station)
A beginner's skate park for younger kids and families.
Melrose Park, Albion Street, North Katoomba
Neate Park, Great Western Highway
Cnr Great Western Highway & Hare Street
Bellevue Park, Great Western Highway
The Edge Cinema - Katoomba
4739 4433 or 4739 0003
Mount Vic Flicks - Mount Victoria