Young people in Warrnambool will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrew Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced two organisations in Warrnambool will receive an Engage! 2018-20 grants for projects that will support young people aged between 12 and 25.
Brophy Family and Youth Services will receive a grant of $120,000 over three years for their Shift!: Youth Development project.
Shift! is a youth development and community engagement program that delivers a range of youth-led and inspired projects to ensure that young people who live, work, visit or study in the City of Warrnambool have increased opportunities for greater connection, active contribution, positive wellbeing and recognition in their local community.
Warrnambool City Council will receive a grant of $115,000 over three years for their Warrnambool Youth Engaged program. The program provides young people with opportunities to develop their leadership, communication, advocacy and community development skills. These skills contribute to young people’s ability to actively participate in their community and thrive through learning. Key components of the program are: Youth Council, Youth Achiever Awards, Building Health and Wellbeing Skills, Activate East and Generation Adapt.
Brophy Family and Youth Services and Warrnambool City Council are amongst 107 local government and community organisations across the state to share in the $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program.
Engage! helps young people to strengthen their education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing.
Young people are a key part of developing and delivering Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, young people with disabilities and young people living in rural and regional Victoria.
Engage! supports the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement.
The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices.
For more information, please visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.”
“Engage! is helping young people of different backgrounds and experiences get involved in a range of activities so they can achieve their goals and kick goals for the community.”
“I look forward to seeing more local young people participating in Engage! programs, building their skills and connecting with our vibrant community.”
“These projects gives them the hands-on experiences they need to achieve their personal and professional goals and I encourage more young people to get involved.”