Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced grants for 31 projects that aim to help young people reach their full potential through activities that benefit their community.
The Youth Opportunities Program provides more than $1 million to organisations each year to deliver youth-led and youth-driven community projects.
Visiting the Red Cross Society’s Young Parents Group in Randwick, Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government is investing in grass-roots projects across NSW that engage young people to become involved in community development activities.
“This is our way of reaching out to young people from all backgrounds, particularly those on the margins, to help them overcome obstacles and achieve positive outcomes for themselves and their communities,” Mr Ajaka said.
The funding will support a wide-range of innovative projects including the Australian Red Cross Society’s ‘Youth leaders empowering young parents at-risk, through social enterprise’ program.
“I’m pleased to support an initiative that involves young people helping each other, and see young parents develop skills that will help them gain employment,” Mr Ajaka said.
Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith said initiatives like the Youth Opportunities Program fostered a sense of community and support.
“It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our young people have the best opportunities in life. By supporting activities that encourage participation and development, we can achieve outcomes that benefit the whole community,” Mr Notley-Smith said.
Since the program launched in 2012, more than $6.8 million has been allocated to 120 youth development projects. The latest projects will commence in 2016.