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News - Youth Engagement Scheme targets at risk youth (closed)

20-Aug-2015

Media Statements

Youth Engagement Scheme targets at risk youth with sport programs

Sport to engage at risk youth
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Full details here

Youth Engagement Scheme targets at risk youth with sport programs $150,000 toward programs for creating stronger, more connected communities

Applications have opened for grants to engage 'at risk' young people in sport and recreation activities.
Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Youth Engagement Scheme targets youth aged eight to 18 years who live in lower socio-economic areas in metropolitan and regional locations.

Designed to support local governments and not-for-profit organisations in delivering programs to targeted local youth, grants for engaging projects up to $40,000 will be considered.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the projects should enable these young people to connect with their communities via a range of sport and recreation activities.

"We know that sport can help shape a better society and when young people carry good values, strong leadership and strong mental and physical health into adulthood, the whole community wins," Ms Davies said

"These activities will be provided in safe environments with mentors and leaders experienced in engaging disconnected at risk youth."

The Minister said the programs should also offer volunteer and leadership opportunities to increase capability, build resilience and sustainability for those young people.
A new project, the Youth Engagement Scheme came about as a result of the Northbridge Youth Diversionary programs which have been funded since January 2010. Projects funded under the Northbridge scheme include the highly successful Ignite Basketball (Armadale), Streetball in Hilton and Midland's Night Hoops.
"All these programs have featured a basketball component, but it's recognised that a more holistic and consolidated approach across sport and recreation will engage a greater audience within the target group," Ms Davies said.

Fact File
This round of the Youth Engagement Scheme opens on August 17 and closes at 5pm on Friday, October 9. Program delivery starts after November 1, 2015
Contact the Department of Sport and Recreation on 9492 9700 to discuss your application

Minister's office - 6552 5500






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