Mentoring to help young people be leaders in their local communities is the focus of a new $3.1 million NSW Government program launched by Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello.
Grant applications for the Youth Opportunities program are now open and Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP is encouraging local groups to apply.
“Youth Opportunities is a new $3.1 million program designed to support youth-led activities in local communities,” Mr Coure said.
“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 our local community youth groups to make the most of this opportunity,” Mr Coure 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 the driver licenses that help them get jobs.
Grant applications are currently open and will close on 30 July 2012. For more information about Youth Opportunities, go to www.youth.nsw.gov.au.