Mentoring to help young people be leaders in their local communities is the focus of a new $3.1 million NSW Government program launched by Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello.

Grant applications for the Youth Opportunities program are now open and Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George is encouraging local groups to apply.

“Youth Opportunities is a new $3.1 million program designed to support youth-led activities in local communities,” Mr George said.

“Funding is available for projects that use mentoring and other strategies to help young people feel more included in and give back to their communities.

“I encourage groups to make the most of this opportunity,” Mr George said.

Mr George said young people have a lot to offer society, when they have access to the right chances and the right choices.

“Everyone benefits when young people are fully involved in community life – they bring vitality and fresh perspective and can feel rightfully recognised for their positive contributions,” Mr George said.

“Young people’s views and ideas have been instrumental in the development of Youth Opportunities.”

Youth and community organisations and local government can apply for grants of up to $50,000 for one-off, time-limited projects. A total of $2.6 million in grant funding is available. A further $500,000 in funding will be allocated to targeted initiatives, such as fostering local government and civic engagement among young people, linking young graduates with employers, and helping young Aboriginal people get the driver licenses that help them get jobs.

Grant applications opened 27 June 2012 and close 30 July. For more information about Youth Opportunities, go to www.youth.nsw.gov.au.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.