A new grants program, which aims to actively involve young people in the design, planning and implementation of local projects, is now open.
Under the Youth Engagement Grants Program, local governments and community organisations can apply for up to $5,000 for activities or initiatives lasting up to six months, and up to $10,000 for longer term initiatives.
Youth Minister Paul Miles said the new grants program would get young people involved in their communities in creative ways.
"Young people have the right to be part of a community where they are treated with respect and feel safe, welcome and included," Mr Miles said.
"This grants program is an opportunity for local governments and community groups to work in partnership to support young people's participation in their communities.
"Through the program, young people will be supported and encouraged to participate in decision making, planning and delivering services and programs that meet their diverse needs."
The program has been designed around the 'Our Youth - Our Future' youth strategic framework, which provides a whole-of-government framework to guide youth program and service planning in an integrated way.
To be eligible, projects submitted for the new grants must address the framework's outcomes and follow the 10 principles in developing youth-friendly communities.
"As valued members of the community, it is important that the State Government provides opportunities for young people to learn and develop life skills to help them to achieve their goals," the Minister said.
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