More Opportunities For Local Youth

More Opportunities For Local Youth

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced that two local organisations have received almost $48,000 in funding under the Youth Opportunities program to deliver a number of initiatives in 2017.

The NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities Program provides grant funding to organisations to deliver youth-led, youth-driven community projects.

Mrs Williams said that the NSW Government is investing in grass-roots projects that engage young people and aims to increase their participation in the community.

“The innovative Youth Opportunities program reaches out to young people in the community and helps them reach for their goals.

“I am so pleased the NSW Government is supporting Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre with a grant of $36,000 to run a learner driver mentoring program.

“The Aboriginal L2P program will support local disadvantaged Aboriginal youth to complete the required 120 hours driving experience to obtain their P1 driver’s license.

“Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has received $11,700 for the Hastings Youth Builders Festival.

“The two day youth led festival aims to bring young people together with the wider community in events that showcase local music, art, sports, personal development, career pathways and health issues.

“The NSW Government is working to ensure that everyone, regardless of their age, race or disability, can realise their full potential and participate in all aspects of life,” Mrs Williams said.

Since the Program was launched in 2012, more than $7.9 million has been allocated to over 140 youth development projects.

Information relating to this year’s grant recipients can be found via www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/

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