The NSW Government is supporting projects that reach young people who may ordinarily miss out and get them involved in their communities.
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.
This is the second round of funding under the NSW Government’s $3.1 million Youth Opportunities initiative. In November last year more 33 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.
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.
The Youth Opportunities program will provide time-limited grants to new projects which enable young people to lead and participate in community development activities.
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.
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.