Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Just add you' to National Youth Week 2006

    11/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    11/11/05

    Communities throughout the State are being urged to apply for grants to hold events and activities during National Youth Week 2006.

    Announcing the grants today, Youth Minister Mark McGowan said grants of up to $1,000 were available to communities throughout the State.

    Now in its seventh year, National Youth Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of young people, involving thousands of events, concerts, competitions and fun ways for young people to be involved in their communities.

    “There is approximately $40,000 available to assist communities undertake events that focus on young people and highlight the positive contributions they make to our community,” Mr McGowan said.

    “Similar grants helped fund 56 National Youth Week activities in April 2005, and we are hoping to build on this in 2006.”

    To be eligible for the grants, events and activities must contribute to, and support, the following objectives:
    • to provide opportunities for young people aged 12-25 years to express their ideas and views, raise issues of concern to them, and act on issues that affect their lives;
    • to provide opportunities to the wider community to listen to young people and acknowledge and celebrate the positive contributions that young people make to their local communities; and
    • to promote a community focus on issues of concern to young people.
    The 2006 theme ‘Just Add You’ is a call to all young people to get involved in National Youth Week activities.

    “Participation is a key element in the development of young people, and National Youth Week events encourage learning, social and community connections and confidence building, which all help to prepare young people for success,” Mr McGowan said.

    “It is part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to enhancing the Western Australia’s unique lifestyle.”

    Further information on National Youth Week grants can be found at http://www.community.wa.gov.au/youngpeople or from the Office for Children and Youth on (08) 9476 2000. The application period closes January 6, 2006.

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