The New South Wales Government has announced four organisations will receive a share of $6.6 million over three years to deliver a youth mentoring program.
Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams said Youth Frontiers aims to assist young people to develop skills in leadership, team work, communication and decision-making.
“With the support of a local mentor more than 1,000 young people across NSW will use their creativity and ideas to make a difference in their community. Participants will engage in volunteering, hosting community events or investigating local issues and presenting solutions,” Mr Williams said.
Bowen Butlin from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus was a participant in last year’s Youth Frontiers program.
“Participating in the Youth Frontiers program was such an enjoyable experience. It allowed me to pursue my passion of sport and lead a NRL sports day for other students,” Bowen said.
Taylor Martin MLC said the NSW Government was committed to supporting young people reach their potential.
“Youth Frontiers is a fantastic NSW Government initiate that increases young people’s confidence in their own abilities and skills, and overall wellbeing,” Mr Martin said.
Head of Programs YWCA NSW, Shannon Wright, said the organisation was thrilled to continue to deliver Youth Frontiers and support young people to thrive.
“Last year we witnessed students undertake amazing activities under the program, ranging from the development of an exercise class for senior citizens to the creation of an art exhibition based on the theme of empowering women.”
Other organisations selected to deliver the program over the next three years include MTC Australia, Raise Foundation and Save the Children Australia.
Since 2015, more than 3,500 students have been mentored through the program which has received $7.1 million.