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Byron Youth Service has been the butt of savage cuts in funding from both state and federal government in recent years, and good news for the struggling service has been in short supply.

One critical program aimed at keeping young people engaged in education would have been closed had it not been for a recent grant from the St George Foundation.

The grant of $48,100 will fund their Keeping Youth in Study (KYS) program to help students who are at risk of disengagement with education and schooling.

Byron Youth Service coordinates the KYS program with the support of the Byron Community Campus to help high school students in the area.

Byron Youth Service manager, Teeya Blatt , said, ‘With the funding received from St George Foundation, we are able to hire dedicated, professional youth workers within our community with the objective of improving overall wellbeing and increasing their learning outcomes, whilst involving parents in their children’s education.’

St George Foundation head, Vanessa Barry, said, ‘We are delighted to support Byron Youth Service in their important work in helping at-risk school students to participate in schooling and their communities.

Byron Youth Service is one of 12 community organisations who received a share of over $400,000 in funding in the foundation’s latest community grant round.

 


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