The state government yesterday launched a new program aimed at helping young people be leaders in their local communities.
Mentoring is the focus of a new $3.1 million Youth Opportunities program launched by citizenship and communities minister Victor Dominello.
And Tweed MP Geoff Provest has been quick to encourage local groups to apply.
‘Funding is available for projects that use mentoring and other strategies to help young people feel more included in and give back to their communities.
‘I encourage Tweed groups to make the most of this opportunity,’ Mr Provest said.
Minister Dominello said young people have a lot to offer society, when they have access to the right chances and the right choices.
‘Everyone benefits when young people are fully involved in community life – they bring vitality and fresh perspective and can feel rightfully recognised for their positive contributions,’ Mr Dominello said.
‘Young people’s views and ideas have been instrumental in the development of Youth Opportunities.’
Youth and community organisations and local government can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for one-off, time-limited projects. A total of $2.6 million in grant funding is available.
A further $500,000 in funding will be allocated to targeted initiatives, such as fostering local government and civic engagement among young people, linking young graduates with employers, and helping young Aboriginal people get their driver licences that help them get jobs.
Grant applications close on 30 July. For more information go to www.youth.nsw.gov.au.