The Lotteries Commission's Community Youth Link employment program has passed the $1 million mark with the allocation of a further $587,920 in grants.
Racing and Gaming Minister Pam Beggs this week approved the second round of grants that would provide employment and training opportunities for 48 young people.
The first round of grants announced last month totalled $434,452 and were used to employ and train 41 young people for periods averaging six months.
The latest approvals cover 17 projects - 12 in the metropolitan area and others in Mandurah, Busselton, Darkan, Bridgetown and Newman.
"Community Youth Link now is funding projects for employing and training 89 young people," Mrs Beggs said.
"The projects will not only prepare the participants for full-time jobs, it also will increase awareness among employers of the advantages of taking on young people."
Community Youth Link was a pilot program the Lotteries Commission initiated with an allocation of more than $2 million.
"The program raises young peoples' employment confidence by giving them award rates while they work and train," Mrs Beggs said.
"At the same time it helps a number of significant community projects."
The latest grants are:
· Town of Claremont - Claremont museum: $18,316 for two young people for six months, learning to sort, classify and enter data on computers.
· City of South Perth - Skillshare Victoria Park: $11,950 for a young Aboriginal person as a clerical assistant with Skillshare for nine months.
· Burbidge School Council - Koondoola: $19,255 for a support worker for 12 months.
· Whitford Joblink - Hillarys: $39,053 for four placements over 12 months.
· Geographe Training Centre/Vasse Skillshare - Busselton: $6,335 for a young person to help survey employers and young people in Busselton-Margaret River for six months.
· Activ Foundation - Jolimont: $8,808 for a clerical assistant for six months.
· Gladys Newton School and Parent Support Group - Balga: $19,255 for a young person as a support worker for 12 months.
· Intework - Osborne Park: $20,036 for a young person with a disability to train as a metal worker for 12 months.
· Intework as sponsor for Transition Link - Nollamara: $19,190 towards employing a young person as an advocate worker for 12 months.
· Intework: $5,260 for a young person with an intellectual disability to train as a part-time trades assistant for 12 months.
· Shire of Swan - Middle Swan: $46,414 for six young people to help restore the foreshore retaining wall and to revegetate Kings Meadow along the Swan River for 17 weeks.
· Eastern Region Business Enterprise and Arts Centre - Midland: $35,406 for three young people to help landscape the Midland Enterprise Centre for 17 weeks.
· Parkerville Children's Home: $44,297 for six young people to gain experience in a variety of trades for six months.
· Shire of West Arthur - Darkan: $17,917 for a young person to be employed as a horticultural assistant for 12 months.
· Blackwood Environment Society - Bridgetown: $16,354 for two young people with disabilities to help with revegetation along the Blackwood River for six months.
· Newman Day Care Centre: $20,432 for a child care assistant for 12 months.
· Mandurah Community Support Group - Peel District Skillshare: $239,642 for 15 young people, including several with disabilities, to obtain a range of work experience.