Benalla Rural City’s joint youth Engage! program in Bonnie Doon has received a $95000 boost from the State Government.
It is one of 18 organisations from Warburton to Wodonga to have benefited from nearly $2million in grants to support Engage!
The northern Victoria groups each have a share in $1945000 of grants for projects that will support young people.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said that 107 local government and community organisations across the state would share in the $12.3million Engage! 2018-20 program.
‘‘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.
‘‘Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.
‘‘Engage! is helping young people of different backgrounds and experiences get involved in a range of activities, so they can achieve their goals.’’
The Bonnie Doon Engage! program provides a supportive environment as well as positive role models and new experiences aimed at skill development, leadership and community participation for young people aged 12 to 16.
These activities include youth services, a drop-in youth group, a holiday program, homework club, youth connect and community projects.
Young people are a key part of developing and delivering Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including young Aboriginal people, those from culturally diverse backgrounds, the LGBTQI community, young people living with disabilities and those living in country Victoria.
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.