Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Inclusion and Integration Grants Program: Multicultural Youth Leadership Integration and Participation - Leeuwin Youth Scholarships

    20/11/2006 12:00 AM


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae has approved grants to community-based organisations under the Western Australian Inclusion and Integration Grants Program.

    The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, Fremantle, will receive $15,000 for Youth Scholarships for 72 participants to work in a team with young people from a range of backgrounds and learn to support each other to achieve team and personal goals.

    The program aims to break down barriers of social isolation experienced by these young people and provide opportunities for developing friendships and building social networks.

    The participants will develop a sense of belonging within the ‘Leeuwin family’ and be able to enjoy an ongoing relationship with Leeuwin by taking part in additional training and social activities organised by the foundation and join in other voyages as volunteer crew.

    “I am pleased the project will provide opportunities for youth from at-risk or marginalised communities to take part in leadership voyages on board the tall ship Leeuwin II,” Mr McRae said.

    “The scholarships will provide a wonderful and unique environment for the development not only of leadership skills but also, importantly, a sense of belonging within the WA community.

    “The integration of the planned cultural awareness workshops in future Leeuwin voyages will contribute greatly to the ongoing impact of the initiative.”

    The Grants Program is one of the key initiatives flowing from the Inclusion and Integration Action Plan approved by Cabinet in 2005 and was developed in recognition of the need for broad-scale change to address exclusion and social alienation of some members of religious and ethnic minorities, particularly those from new and emerging communities.

    The grants will support community organisations with new plans, or building on existing ones promoting integration, inclusion and active participation of minority groups in all walks of life.

    “I am confident the projects will produce terrific results, as they involve partnerships and collaboration between community organisations and the non-Government sector, will facilitate interaction between minority groups and the broader community and promote active citizenship among minority communities,” the Minister said.

    “In approving these grants, a strong emphasis has been placed on innovative projects for young people and those designed to remove structural and other barriers to participation, particularly of new and emerging communities.”

    The next round of grants will be announced in early 2007 and the Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to work with community groups to develop their project ideas and assist them in the application process.

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