Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Holiday programs for metro and rural youth

    3/10/2007 2:32 PM

    Holiday activities for disadvantaged and indigenous teenagers across Western Australia have been supported through the Youth Development Holiday Program (YDHP).

    This year’s program has supported more than 45 community organisations and local governments in metropolitan and regional areas.

    Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery today visited the Town of Kwinana’s holiday program for 12 to16-year-olds. A YDHP grant of $2,000 supported the six-day program in Kwinana which incorporates banner making, circus skills, costume making and hip hop dancing.

    Across the State, programs ranging from one to 12 days are being funded through the grants and include camping, abseiling, rock climbing, cooking classes, dancing, drumming, drama, music, go-karting, photography and circus skills workshops.

    Health promotion, personal development, drug and alcohol awareness programs are also part of the holiday programs, which help provide life development skills for youth.

    “These youth development programs are an excellent way to keep teenagers busy these holidays,” Ms Ellery said.

    “The diverse range of activities offered provide engaging opportunities for secondary students that will test their personal abilities, while giving them valuable life skills in a fun and adventurous environment.”

    The students at the Town of Kwinana’s circus skills course performed some of the circus acts for the Minister and were keen to take part in other activities including costume and banner making, hip hop dancing, skate boarding and painting.

    Parents who want to know more about the Youth Development Holiday programs in their area can telephone the Parenting Line on 9272 1466 or freecall 1800 654 432.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150