Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today visited WEAVE Youth and Community Services to announce the next round of funding for the Youth Opportunities Program.
The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Program provides grants to organisations to deliver youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive development focus.
Up to $1 million will be awarded to projects that engage young people to lead and increase community participation.
Mr Ajaka said that the NSW Government is encouraging organisations and community groups to submit projects aimed at empowering and increasing the confidence of young people across the state to reach their full potential.
“This is our way of supporting grass-roots projects focused on making a positive difference to the lives of many young people including those from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, disadvantaged youth and those with a disability.”
Mr Ajaka was joined by Mr Shane Brown the Chief Executive Officer of WEAVE, which has previously been awarded funding through the Program.
Mr Brown said that Youth Opportunities succeeds because it is flexible. It funds young people’s good ideas when they are supported by good delivery and accountability mechanisms.
Since the Youth Opportunities program launched in 2012 almost $6 million has been granted to more than 85 youth development projects.
Information relating to the program guidelines, the application process and dates for the workshops are available at: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities. The on-line application process opens on Monday 27 July 2015 and closes at 5:00pm on Monday 31 August 2015.
MEDIA: Alasdair Cameron 0400 729 164 (Minister Ajaka)