More than 30 local projects that encourage young people to become more involved in their communities will share in a new $3.1 million NSW Government initiative – Youth Opportunities.
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today announced that 33 youth-led and managed local community projects will receive one-off grants.
“These projects focus on mentoring and other development strategies to increase young people’s participation in their communities,” Mr Dominello said.
“Enhancing their skills and confidence also increases young people’s opportunities to link with training and employment.”
Successful projects include social media and community forums; training young people in organising drug and alcohol-free music and theatrical events and; supporting young people’s participation on local community boards and committees.
Other projects will support young people to improve language, literacy and numeracy skills; help young Aboriginal people get a driver’s licence to improve their chances of employment and; engage young people from disadvantaged and refugee backgrounds.
“We all benefit when young people are more involved in community life. Young people deserve recognition for their ideas and positive contributions,” Mr Dominello said.
“Research shows that witNSW Youth Opportunities funding announcedh proper support and opportunity, young people can address a range of risk factors in their lives and play a greater role in their communities.
“This includes young people living on society’s margins and at risk of disengaging from our community, who will respond to local mentoring and support.”
Mr Dominello said he would call for applications for a second round of Youth Opportunities funding in January 2013 with a closing date in mid-February.
“Given the right opportunities, the young leaders we nurture today will hopefully become role models society can turn to in the future.”
A full list of projects to receive funding under Youth Opportunities first round of grant applications is attached.