Fund­ing pledge

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla’s stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and dig­i­tal me­dia if the Lib­eral Na­tion­als are elected in Novem­ber’s state elec­tion.

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan re­cently an­nounced that the Vic­to­ria’s Stu­dent Youth Net­work (SYN) would re­ceive $400 000 to give more young peo­ple a voice un­der a Lib­eral Na­tion­als state gov­ern­ment.

‘‘Vic­to­ria’s young peo­ple are the fu­ture of our state. We want to give them a plat­form to share their ideas and be heard,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The Stu­dent Youth Net­work gives young peo­ple a chance to learn in­valu­able skills and share their sto­ries.

‘‘SYN’s men­tor­ing pro­gram has be­come a suc­cess­ful sta­ple of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s work, with one in three mentees find­ing paid em­ploy­ment in the me­dia in­dus­try while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram.

‘‘Our support for SYN will help in­crease youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in re­gional ra­dio sta­tions and pro­vide train­ing to help young peo­ple de­velop their skills.’’

SYN has suc­cess­fully trained young peo­ple in ra­dio, TV and dig­i­tal me­dia for many years.

Run by young peo­ple, for young peo­ple, the pro­gram of­fers an in­dus­try men­tor­ing pro­gram, lead­er­ship and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and me­dia train­ing for about 5000 par­tic­i­pants each year.

SYN’s pro­grams help to in­crease par­tic­i­pant’s con­fi­dence, so­cial skills and em­ploy­a­bil­ity through vol­un­teer and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in metro and re­gional ar­eas.

In 2010, the former Lib­eral Na­tion­als Gov­ern­ment pro­vided fund­ing to SYN FM to as­sist them to train more young peo­ple in ra­dio and to give young peo­ple a voice on air.

The pro­gram’s alumni in­clude well-known ra­dio iden­ti­ties, such as Dan Zif­fer, Hamish and Andy, Ryan Shel­ton, Scott Pape and Zan Rowe.

Fund­ing for the pro­gram, which has now been run­ning for eight years, will lapse this year.

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