New Round Of Youth Opportunities Funding

In marking Intentional Youth Day on 12 August, Member for Baulkham Hills and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth David Elliott has today welcomed and
encouraged non-government organisations and local councils to apply for new Youth Opportunities funding, with the third round of applications due to open on 22 August.

“The NSW Government is committing $1 million for new Youth Opportunities projects which seek to empower at-risk young people to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and participate more fully in their local communities,” Mr Elliott said.

“Since June 2012, the program has provided funding for 61 projects which aimed to deliver innovative youth leadership and mentoring experiences.

“A total of $4.6 million has been provided to support over 870 community activities for
more than 8,000 young people.

“The program provides opportunities for at-risk young people to get the skills they need to
succeed at school, to be ambitious about their future careers and to effect positive change in their local communities.

“Grants of up to $50,000 will be offered for projects up to 12 months and initiatives focussing on leadership development, mentoring, volunteering and fundraising for charitable causes will be encouraged.

“The last round of Youth Opportunities saw a number of inspiring projects funded. One
example was a project supporting six young deaf students to learn film making skills and enabled them to produce a documentary about their lives and the challenge faced by young people living with a disability.

“Another saw 28 homeless and at-risk young people taught construction skills while working to redevelop a former Police Station into a Community Hub and youth accommodation facility,” Mr Elliott said.

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello made the announcement during a visit to mark International Youth Day.

The Office of Communities will run workshops in Sydney, Liverpool, Mt Druitt, Newcastle,
Wollongong, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Tamworth and Queanbeyan in late August
and early September to provide advice on the guidelines and application process.

Information will be available on the Youth NSW website: www.youth.nsw.gov.au. Enquiries can also be made to the Office of Communities’ Youth Team on (02) 8762 9838 and youth@communities.nsw.gov.au. Applications close on Monday 29 September.