- 14 groups granted $250,000 worth of projects to engage disconnected youth
More than a dozen projects which engage at-risk young people in sport and recreation activities have been granted funding.
In the latest round of the Youth Engagement Scheme (YES),14 groups have been granted a total of $250,000 for projects which will strengthen local communities by engaging disconnected youth.
The scheme supports local governments and not-for-profit organisations to deliver programs to at-risk youth aged eight to 18 years old who live in lower socioeconomic areas in metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia.
In this round, projects in the metropolitan area and regional centres range from a youth intervention holiday initiative to soccer, dance, basketball and football programs.
Projects funded in this round include:
- $30,000 to Edmund Rice Centre for the Common Goal Soccer Academy;
- $15,000 to Football West for Street Football;
- $15,000 to Whitelion Youth Agency for the Ballajura Engagement Project;
- $30,000 to Roebourne PCYC towards a Sports Activity Co-ordinator; and
- $15,000 to Outback Academy for the Wheeling and Healing social inclusion program.
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The YES is valuable because it offers local young people a safe place to get together and connect with themselves, each other and their community.
"Projects like these are also valuable diversionary tools and help young people feel more a part of their community.
"Being part of local community activities like the ones in YES are not only good for physical health but also great for mental health and general wellbeing as well."
Comment attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The YES has a proven track record in providing disadvantaged and disaffected young people with opportunities to make positive choices and to develop important social, physical and life skills."
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400
Youth Minister's office - 6552 5300