- Local Projects, Local Jobs program allocates $356,600 to support young people
The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program has allocated $356,600 for 12 projects aimed at helping young Western Australians develop life skills and improve their employment prospects.
Among the program's recipients is the Save the Children Australia Trust which has received $220,000 to implement the One Step Closer Project.
One Step Closer delivers physical and recreational activities, life skill and leadership workshops for young people (aged eight to 15) who live in and around Armadale.
The program also provides mentoring and encourages youth engagement in a range of community-based services and clubs as an alternative to anti-social behaviour.
The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program supports a range of projects across Western Australia and its grants flow to grassroots initiatives and initiatives that make a real difference to local communities.
The program helps many different organisations, such as sporting groups, local governments, and not-for-profit service providers, to deliver much-needed upgrades to community facilities, road safety improvements and enhancement to other programs.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"This funding will help One Step Closer continue to support young people in the Armadale area and improve their opportunities to make positive life choices - including those related to education and employment.
"This grant is just one of many allocated by the McGowan Government to support and develop the potential of young Western Australians and give them the chance to help direct the future of our State.
Comment attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti:
"The One Step Closer Project has a significant effect on young people around Armadale. More than 50 Aboriginal children attend the program - delivered by qualified youth workers and local Aboriginal leaders on a weekly basis - and use the safe environment that is provided to build resilience and develop crucial life skills."
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