A Bunbury festival led by young people working in the areas of art, music, mental health and social change is one of six events which has been awarded funding by the Liberal National Government.
Youth Minister Paul Miles said almost $28,000 in funding would be provided for activities that promoted the engagement of young people in Western Australian communities.
"The Youth Engagement Grants program is a major investment in our young people and is a key part of the State Government's vision for youth-friendly communities," Mr Miles said.
"Funding has been allocated to events that actively involve young people in the design, planning and implementation of local projects."
Bunbury Regional Theatre was awarded a $5,000 grant for its Changemakers Festival, which will feature a two-day conference where prominent young people working in the areas of art, music, mental health and social change will speak to and mentor other young people.
Other successful recipients include the City of Swan, which received a $5,000 grant for its Hyper Team to develop a promotional documentary to encourage more young people to join.
The Minister said the grants program was a fantastic example of what could be achieved when different levels of government and community service organisations worked together.
"I encourage local governments and community service organisations to continue taking part in this worthwhile program," Mr Miles said.
The Liberal National Government provides annual funding of $200,000 to support the Youth Engagement Grants program.
The Youth Engagement Grants program was formerly known as the Youth Activities Grants Program. Applications can be submitted at any time.
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Youth Engagement Grant Program - Recipients
|Organisation ||Project||Amount ||Project description |
|City of Albany||Colour Run||$5,000||The City of Albany will use the grant to conduct the Colour Run project. The event will see young people take part in a colour run and obstacle course. The event includes a mini musical festival with live music performed by local youth bands. The Youth Advisory Council, HAC and other youth agencies will be involved in all aspects of the planning and implementation of the event.|
|Bunbury Regional Theatre Inc||Changemakers Festival||$5,000||Bunbury Regional Theatre Inc will use the grant to conduct the Changemakers Festival. The project will begin with a two-day conference where prominent young people working in the areas of art, music, mental health and social change will speak to youth attendees and then mentor and work with them to develop projects that they would like to achieve in Bunbury. After the initial event, there will be a series of four-monthly creative workshops where participants can further develop their project ideas which they will then present to the group at a final meet-up session. The aim of the project is to increase youth participation and promote a positive image of young people within the South-West community.|
|Avon Youth Community and Family Services Inc||Avon Movie Nights ||$5,000||Avon Youth Community and Family Services Inc will use the grant to conduct the Avon Youth Movie Nights project. Young people will be involved in all aspects of the planning and implementation of the project providing them with an opportunity to develop various event management skills, as well as taking part in an online food handling course. The movie nights will run over a period of 13 to 16 weeks and will be targeted towards disadvantaged families who do not have the opportunity to travel 100 kilometres to the nearest cinema. Each event will also include healthy meal options.|
|Youth Affairs Council of WA Inc||Catalyst Youth Group - Leadership and Skills Development project||$4,950||The Youth Affairs Council of WA Inc will use the grant to conduct the Catalyst Youth Group - Leadership and Skills Development project. Young people on the Catalyst Youth Group will be invited to attend two training workshops that aim to increase their capacity to work effectively as a group and improve their facilitation and project management skills. Participants will also take part in cultural awareness training that will provide an insight into Australian Aboriginal history and culture. The development of these skills will assist the group to organise the second Catalyst Youth Summit in 2017 and provide input into public policy development and advocacy.|
|City of Swan||Hyper Team Documentary ||$4,170||The City of Swan will use the grant to conduct the Hyper Team Documentary project. Young people on the City's Hyper Team will develop, create and release a promotional documentary outlining what the Hyper Team does and how it has enabled them to develop life skills, improve their wellbeing and impacted the community as a whole. Participants will take part in a range of workshops including script writing, project planning, filming and editing, marketing and distribution. The project aims to develop participants' skills and encourage young people in the broader community to join the Hyper Team.|
|Perth Inner City Youth Services Inc||PICYS U R OK - Mental Health Awareness Project||$3,478||Perth Inner City Youth Services will use the grant to conduct the PICYS U R OK - Mental Health Awareness Project. Young people will take part in a 13-week course where they will engage in structured activities including the DRUMBEAT and 'Why Should I Care About Mental Health?' programs. On completion of the course, participants will showcase their new found skills to family, friends and the local community. The project aims to provide young people with information, strategies and life skills to tackle their own mental health issues and provide different approaches and a variety of skills to improve and promote mental health.|