Family and Community Services implements programs that encourage youth participation and inclusion.
The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.
Projects funded under the Youth Opportunities program are expected to involve young people in all aspects of the project (initiating, leading, managing and participating). Projects which are genuinely youth-led and youth-driven are initiatives by young people that are in response to what they have said they need.
Further information about the program and details of projects funded so far can be found on the Youth NSW Website.
Youth Frontiers is an initiative of the NSW Government that targets students aged 12 – 16 years, with the capacity to benefit from the support of a mentor.
Each year more than 1,200 young people have the opportunity to participate in the program.
Young people participating in Youth Frontiers are matched with mentors who spend at least 35 hours over 6 months supporting them to achieve their goals. The program gives mentees an opportunity to build life skills and self confidence through mentoring and by undertaking a community engagement activity.
The Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams, has announced 4 organisations will receive a share of $6.6 million over 3 years to deliver the program. The organisations delivering Youth Frontiers from 2018 to 2020 are MTC Australia, Raise Foundation, Save the Children and YWCA NSW.
Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring Program
The NSW Government has committed $2.4 million over the next 3 years to establishing a peer mentoring program that will support refugee young people in NSW to be active and engaged citizens.
The program will be delivered in South West Sydney, the Illawarra and Murrumbidgee DCJ Districts from February 2018 to 2020.
Depending on their goals young people will have access to support to expand their education and employment opportunities, build a sense of community belonging, understand their rights and responsibilities and navigate services.