Encounter Youth hosts the Green Team Volunteers.


To our beloved Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers,

We are so thankful for your willingness to support young people to celebrate safely in 2020.

Given today’s announcement made by South Australia Police regarding the upcoming restrictions and the 6-day pause for South Australia, for the first time in our 22 years of supporting schoolies, we ask you to take a well-deserved break during this State-directed pause.

Your willingness to meet the challenges we’ve faced this year has encouraged us tremendously. We are so grateful for your support, patience and understanding.

Should you have any further questions, we encourage you to contact us at schooliesfestival@encounteryouth.com.au.

Nigel Knowles,
CEO Encounter Youth

In 1999, Encounter Youth began facilitating the Schoolies Operation and this quickly became Australia’s safest school leavers celebration. Bringing together over 600 volunteers from more than 45 church based teams, the Schoolies Operation is a collaborative community led response.

The Encounter Youth volunteers known as the Green Team are the heartbeat of the Schoolies Operation and it couldn’t continue without the dedication, generosity and passion for their role.

Ready to make a difference!

Register your church

If your church has never been involved before, this is the year to join the mission. We need your church to form a team of people who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of South Australian young people. To register interest, click the button below.

Apply to volunteer

If you are a part of a church which already has a Schoolies team, now is the time to apply!


If you are unable to volunteer, consider donating to the mission. With thousands of year 12s to support and  feed, and hundreds of  volunteers to mobilise, we need your support to make this happen.

So you want to volunteer?

Excellent! Here’s what happens next…

Contact your church leaders and find out if there is currently a team serving from your community.

There is? Great!

Approach your Team Leader and let them know that you’re keen as a bean to be involved. They will lead you through the entire process of being a volunteer from how and when to apply … to planning for your team’s role … to attending training and supporting you in the lead up and over the weekend.

Your community doesn’t have a team yet?

No worries, speak with your church leaders about the possibility of starting up a team. Find out if they are willing to encourage and endorse one and if so, who would lead it.

Then contact the Project & Volunteer Managers with your expression of interest today!

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact form. Return home to see an overview of what we offer at Encounter Youth.