- BackTrack Airbase Operator Crew and Support project in Armidale, run by Jobs Australia Enterprise, it will enable 20 young Aboriginal men to participate in Nationally Accredited Aviation and Airbase Operator training modules;
- RECLAIMED project in Blacktown to enable 39 young people to participate in a furniture and homeware design project which will help develop employment and leadership skills;
- Centenary of Anzac Regional Sleep Out initiative in Dubbo for up to 5,000 young people and their families to raise awareness and encourage research about local diggers who served in the First World War, especially Aboriginal men and women;
- NSW Hear for You Mentoring program in North Ryde to enable 40 teenagers experiencing deafness to receive mentoring from 8 young adults who have also lived with deafness. It aims to help them build self-confidence, education and career skills.
Inspired projects creating more opportunities for young people
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has today announced the 28 projects which will share in $1.1 million in Youth Opportunities funding.
The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities program supports projects which empower at-risk young people to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and to participate more fully in their communities. Grants of up to $50,000 are provided for projects of up to 12 months.
“Since its inception in June 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $4.6 million in funding for 61 local projects which deliver innovative youth leadership and mentoring experiences,” Mr Dominello said.
“More than 8,000 young people have already benefited from the program which has supported over 850 community activities. It is very pleasing to see outstanding youth-led initiatives being funded which will incentivise greater civic participation.”
They include the:
“In the last round of Youth Opportunities we also saw some inspiring projects, including one which helped six young deaf students to learn film making skills and enabled them to produce a documentary.
“Another project enabled 28 homeless and at-risk young people to learn construction skills while working on the redevelopment of the former Warilla Police Station into a Community Hub and youth accommodation facility.
“Projects like these are helping to create a more civically engagement and motivated generation of young people,” Mr Dominello said.
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