Yarriambiack shares in grants for young people
YOUNG people across the Yarriambiack Shire along with the rest of the state will have more opportunities to volunteer, build their skills and engage with their communities through the State Government’s latest ‘Engage!’ funding round.
More than $12.3 million will be provided to 107 local governments and community organisations over the next three years, supporting projects that help young people to actively participate in and connect with their local community.
Organisations that work with young people have received grants of between $90,000 and $150,000, servicing communities right across metropolitan and regional Victoria.
“We want young Victorians from all walks of life to achieve their goals and kick goals for the community – these grants help them do that,” Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos said.
Yarriambiack Shire Council will receive $110,000 to run a Youth Shed with media, first aid and automotive workshops in Warracknabeal.
The grant Yarriambiack Shire Council receives will be allocated to new initiatives such as a Youth Shed where several automotive workshops can be trialled.
Some of the other new programs will be a Motorsport Mentoring Program, a Right Path Leadership and Resilience Program as well as media, first aid and barista training.
Yarriambiack Shire CEO Ray Campling was extremely excited to hear the news and said, “there has been a lot of work behind the scenes to find some funding for our Youth Shed proposal,” he said.
“Our Yarriambiack Youth Action Council has continued to highlight the need to find a way to support young people with an interest in cars,” Mr Campling said.
He added most young people in the 15-25 year age group are either looking to get their L’s, buy their first car or are coming off their P’s.
“It will be great to be able to help provide something in the community where they can get some basic support on car maintenance,” he said.
“This program will allow them to gain some skills and knowledge and apply it to their own vehicles upkeep,” Mr Campling said.
“It will develop relationships within the community which will make them better contributors to the Shire, and a place they can share ideas and support other youth,” the CEO said.
Mr Campling said he was proud the Yarriambiack Shire was providing opportunities that young people see as important.
“We need to involve young people in the decision making process and assist them to be the best they can be. If they have an idea that has merit, we will do everything reasonably possible to help make it happen” he said.
Information on all the programs and just where things will take place within the Yarriambiack Shire will be available in the coming weeks
Engage! helps young people aged between 12 to 25 strengthen education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing.
Young people are a key part of the development and delivery of Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including Aboriginal young people, those from culturally diverse backgrounds and LGBTQI young people.
Engage! supports the state 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 and a list of successful grants, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au.