Twenty eight projects that support young people who would ordinarily miss out on getting involved through their local communities will share in close to $2 million in funding, Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello, announced today.
Mr Dominello, who has responsibility for Youth Affairs, said this is the second round of funding under the NSW Government’s $3.1 million Youth Opportunities initiative. In November last year more than 30 grants were announced to also encourage grass-roots community organisations to reach out to young people.
“The latest $1.9 million in funding for the 28 youth-led and managed community projects will support young Aboriginal people, young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, disadvantaged youth and those with a disability to become more employable by building skills and self-confidence,” he said.
“Projects funded through Youth Opportunities will make a difference in young people’s lives, assisting them to become leaders in their communities, learn new skills and broaden their horizons.”
In the Illawarra 28 homeless and at-risk young people will be taught construction skills while working to redevelop the former Warilla Police Station into a Community Hub and youth accommodation facility.
“This project not only brings together at-risk young people in a positive and meaningful way, but gives them skills to improve future employment opportunities,” Mr Dominello said.
“In another project, six young deaf students will learn film making skills before producing a documentary showcasing the lives and experiences of other young deaf people.”
Young Aboriginal people In the Northern Tablelands, will be supported to complete specialised HSC subjects such as car restoration and art classes. At Cobar, young women will attend workshops to learn how to build confidence, self-esteem and to prepare to enter the workplace.
“The NSW Government is supporting projects that reach young people who may ordinarily miss out and get them involved in their communities. An empowered and supported youth leads to stronger communities,” Mr Dominello said.
A full list of projects to receive funding under the Youth Opportunities initiative’s second round of grants is attached.
Media: Jim O’Rourke 0409 185 431
Youth Opportunities: Second Round Funding
|Organisation Name||Project Name||Electorate||Funding|
|Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association||Weaving Webs Of Support: Afghan Refugee Youth Mentoring Project||Auburn||$100,000|
|Autism Advisory And Support Service||Mentored Social Skills Group For Young Adults On The Autsim Spectrum||Liverpool||$37,000|
|Bahtabah Local Aboriginal Land Council||Aboriginal Youth Leadership : The Circle Of Knowledge||Lake Macquarie||$50,000|
|Bay And Basin Community Resources Inc||“Bay And Basin Youth Moves”||South Coast||$99,450|
|Best Employment Limited||Crossing The Divide||Northern Tablelands||$100,000|
|Beyond Empathy Ltd||Accessville – Getting Connected In Bowraville||Oxley||$100,000|
|Broken Hill Art Exchange||Regional Renewal & Sustainability, Youth Program (Rr&S)||Murray-Darling||$100,000|
|Charlestown Youth And Community Centre Incorporated||YPG (Young Parents Group) – Hosted By Young Parents For Young Parents||Charlestown||$81,011|
|City of Ryde||Our Words, Our Voices, Our Play: An Original Work By The Young Artists Of Ryde Youth Theatre||Ryde||$26,000|
|Cobar Shire Council||Glam It Up Cobar||Barwon||$21,543|
|Dubbo City Council||2013 NSW local government Youth Council Conference||Dubbo||$20,000|
|Eastlake Youth Centre Inc.||“Walk On The Positive Side” (Name Chosen By Young People Who Attend Eastlake Youth Centre Inc.)||Charlestown and Swansea||$100,000|
|Guyra Neighbourhood Centre Inc. Trading As The Hub At Guyra||Leading The Way – A Guyra Youth Initiative||Northern Tablelands||$100,000|
|Information And Cultural Exchange||DIY Druitt||Mount Druitt Parramatta||$58,800|
|Inspire Foundation||Reachout.Com Local Communities Pilot Project||Marrickville||$50,000|
|Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre Inc||Youth Enterprise Service (Yes) Project||Oxley||$100,000|
|National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy||Walan Barramal Indigenous Cooking Academy||Heffron||$33,686|
|Snowy River Shire Council||The Resource Bank: Snowy River Shire Youth Empowerment Strategy (Yes) Project||Monaro||$90,800|
|Southern Youth And Family Services||‘We Can Build It’ Youth Project||Shellharbour||$96,000|
|St Agnes Parish Port Macquarie||Port Macquarie “Music Hub”. (Hub Bookings)||Port Macquarie||$5,700|
|Taldumande Youth Services Inc||Future Proofing||North Shore||$96,800|
|The Deaf Society Of NSW||“Gathered, Told And Filmed”; Stories Of Young Deaf People’s Educational And Employment Experiences.||Parramatta||$50,000|
|Tumut Shire Council||Bring The Noise||Wagga Wagga||$60,000|
|Wagga Autism Support Group Incorporated||Disadvantaged Youth Achieve Social Outcomes Through Sport & Recreation||Wagga Wagga||$10,000|
|Walgett Shire Council||“Youth Engage, Encourage And Participate Initiatives” (YEEPI! Project) Lightning Ridge/ Collarenebri||Barwon||$64,136|
|Western College Incorporated||Youth Engaging In Emergency Services (Yees!)||Dubbo||$86,000|
|Wyong Shire Council||Youth Stuff||Wyong||$92,500|