- Invisible Generation Project aims to help young people achieve career goals
- Program boosts opportunities for employment; develops life skills
Youth Minister Peter Tinley has formally launched the Invisible Generation Project, a program designed to help young people from refugee backgrounds to achieve career goals.
An $8,000 Youth Engagement Grant from the Department of Communities has enabled the delivery of the 12-week project by the International Forum of Reconciliation and Peace.
The project offers eligible young people networks, information, skills and strategies in areas such as pre-employment and basic skill training, career counselling and pathway planning. It also facilitates volunteering positions, work placements or internships.
Participants attend workshops that focus on self-discovery, Australian culture, job skills training and physical activities. The project concludes with a group assignment that sees participants help plan and deliver a community event celebrating social harmony.
A planning committee that includes members of Perth's South Sudanese community, representatives from the African Council Communities WA, and Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire, oversees the Invisible Generation Project.
The Department of Communities' Youth Engagement Grants program helps local governments and community organisations deliver projects aimed at achieving positive outcomes for people aged 10-18.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"Research by the Centre for Multicultural Youth has identified the importance of a targeted approach to employment support for young people from refugee backgrounds.
"This is especially true for pre-employment and basic skills training, careers counselling, and opportunities for volunteers, work placements or internships.
"The McGowan Government offers young Western Australians a direct voice and recognises the importance of listening to youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
"Today's grant will help young refugees learn relevant skills, pursue career opportunities and develop a sense of social inclusion.
"I urge all young Western Australians to join their respective local government's Youth Advisory Council, and help inform and shape local government services and facilities."
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