Youth funds boost

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

YOUNG peo­ple from the Mitchell Shire will have more op­por­tu­ni­ties to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in and con­nect with their lo­cal com­mu­nity, thanks to al­most $2 mil­lion in State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Eigh­teen or­gan­i­sa­tions in North­ern Vic­to­ria will share in $1,945,000 in grants for projects that will sup­port young peo­ple aged be­tween 12 and 25.

La­bor Up­per House Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said the or­gan­i­sa­tions join 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 coun­try 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.

“These projects gives our youth the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences they need to achieve their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals and I en­cour­age more young peo­ple to get in­volved,” Ms Symes said.

The Mitchell Shire re­ceived $90,000 to be put to­wards Mitchell Youth En­gage­ment pro­grams.

The pro­gram will pro­vide a safe, se­cure and staffed en­vi­ron­ment to de­liv­er­pro­grams to im­prove the well­be­ing of young peo­ple in Mitchell.

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