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The 2018 Youth Opportunities projects have been announced.

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $10.4 million in funding to 211 projects across NSW. The 2018 Youth Opportunities projects are:

Organisation NameProject TitleProject DescriptionFunding
Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia LtdYouth reACT (Activating Change Together)Youth reACT is a platform for young people, especially from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, to address social issues important to them. Young people will creatively voice and take action on issues not usually discussed or addressed. Youth reACT’s project addresses mental health and wellbeing within CALD communities.$50,000
Assyrian Australian AssociationYouth of South West SydneyThe project focuses on young people from Iraqi and Syrian backgrounds living in South Western Sydney. It will build leadership skills through workshops as well as support the transition of young people into life in Australia. Local events will be developed and implemented by young people, establish a Youth Advisory Committee for the Assyrian Resource Centre$50,000
Bega Valley Shire CouncilThe Create & Make Crew (CMC)The Bermagui Create & Make Crew will see young people aged 16-25 start their own creative businesses and take a lead role in a new Creative Makers space at Bermagui Library. The Crew will be supported by mentoring, short workshops and accredited training in new technologies, creative skills and business development.$47,900
Byron Youth Service IncBeach Sleepers – Youth inclusion and creativity project addressing homelessnessThis Beach Sleepers project fosters artistic expression, digital arts, mentorship, youth leadership and dialogues with young people to examine issues surrounding youth homelessness through media arts production. This process will amplify voices of young people and include them in decision making.$43,000
Camden CouncilCamden Youth Empowerment ProjectThe project focuses on leadership development and youth-led community events. Camden Youth Council and YMCA NSW Young Leaders Group will work collaboratively to deliver a series of youth-led events / skills development workshops within the Camden LGA, aiming to increase wider youth participation and engagement. The project aims to increase opportunities for young people to develop leadership skills/knowledge supporting them to become active change-makers in the local area.$50,000
Carers NSW LimitedWho Cares, WinsWho Cares Wins will provide opportunities for up to 20 young carers to share the differences in their lives with their peers. Using a Q&A type panel young carers will present at school assemblies across NSW.$36,000
Dunghutti Elders Council (Aboriginal Corporation)Dunghutti Youth and Cultural ConnectionsThe Young people of Kempsey are calling out for cultural re-vitalisation and Elders are vital to building confidence and identity among young people. The Dunghutti Elders Council will host cultural workshops and activities that aim to strengthen cultural connections and identity while fostering youth participation, engagement in learning and leadership.$29,860
Future Dreamers Girls Club IncorporatedRhymes from the EastYoung women from the Byron Shire will attend a creative retreat to create a dynamic hip-hop song and music video with an empowering message. Participants will lead and manage production including song construction, developing content, writing lyrics, performance, pre and post-production with experienced artist mentors.$15,130
Glebe Youth Service IncInner Sydney Aboriginal Youth Advisory CouncilInner Sydney Aboriginal Youth Advisory Council will give Aboriginal young people the opportunity to establish and run their own organisation, to design and drive local initiatives important to them, learn leadership skills and have their voices heard by local services including police, health services and government.$23,010
Gymea Community Aid & Information Service IncorporatedCommUNITY- by young people for young peopleCommUNITY is a project by young people for young people. Developing Youth Leaders in the community who in turn will bring young people together through interactive activities. The project aims to reduce social exclusion, bullying, harassment and racism.$49,100
Health and Arts Research Centre IncorporatedScience Art ExplorersScience Art Explorers is a project lead by young people who live with complex health care needs. Participants will acquire new skills to explore and share their experience through science and arts initiatives.$50,000
Information & Cultural Exchange IncNew Age NoiseThe New Age Noise project will provide opportunities for female, transgender, non-binary youth to produce, distribute and broadcast new music. New Age Noise will support 60 disadvantaged CALD young people from Western Sydney to create their own music label and develop creative skills in production, performance and media opportunities.$49,524
Inverell Shire CouncilYouth Opportunities for Inverell ShireThe Youth Opportunities for Inverell Shire project will engage over 2,500 youth in 20 activities designed by local youth for local youth. The project will include skill building workshops and free events to connect youth with cultural and recreational opportunities as well as showcase youth achievements.$41,172
Madi Ethnic Community Welfare Association IncorporatedYouth for ChangeThe Youth for Change project will provide young people with opportunities for leadership training to run leadership camps and different events throughout the year. Participants will also complete Mental Health First Aid training.$10,000
Moree Plains Shire Council2019 Moree Plains Shire Careers ExpoThe Moree Plains Shire Youth Council in collaboration with a number of local agencies and groups will be hosting the 2019 Moree Plains Shire Careers Expo. The Careers Expo will inform, empower and educate young people about the opportunities available for career development.$15,572
National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (Aboriginal Corporation)Cultural Leaders ProgramThe Cultural Leaders Program will support Aboriginal young people to connect with their culture. The project will take at risk young people on ‘Country’ to heal and to strengthen Aboriginal pride and identity. The project aims to reduce drug and alcohol misuse and to provide mental health education and support.$49,000
National Rugby League LimitedNRL Youth Advocate Program (YAP)The NRL YAP will unite 40 Youth Advocates aged 16-18 years who have previously participated in our social impact programs. These young people have showcased positive leadership skills and have expressed ideas on how to create positive change in their communities. We will inspire and equip participants to deliver these ideas.$50,000
Phoenix House Youth Services IncorporatedBON APPETITThe BON APPETIT project will reduce food waste and urban loneliness through cooking and sharing meals around a table in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Supplied with food donated from OZHarvest, young people will transform ordinary ingredients into extraordinary meals to renew, revive and connect with the rest of the community.$40,000
Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW – BlacktownReaching Your Dreams through MusicThe project aims to engage young people from Western Sydney through the development of music. The project will provide mentoring by experienced producers/vocal coaches though rehearsals with the aim of enhancing skills, talent and developing leadership opportunities. PCYC Blacktown has an operating music studio.$50,000
Port Stephens CouncilPathways and PossibilitiesThe Pathways and Possibilities (Research and Advocacy Project) will be developed by the Port Stephens Council Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) to define key priorities for the youth of Port Stephens aligned to Council’s current advocacy priorities. The project will encourage and promote the leadership and community development skills of youth.$19,000
Project Youth IncorporatedBeats in the ‘BurbsBeats in the ‘Burbs project will produce youth driven, locally run, live music events.
Young people will work with youth workers, professional events planning and audio engineers and artists to gain skills required to work in performance and events management.
$50,000
Regional Youth Support Services IncYOP POP Ups – Peer to Peer Education Online and OffsiteYOP POP Ups Young Leaders will establish an online youth Hall of Fame identifying Central Coast talent in 4 specialist fields:
* Young Professionals
* Artists
* Aboriginal Culture
* Gaming & Social Media
Targeted POP Up workshops will then be delivered throughout the region. They will be filmed for podcast online to engage a broader youth audience to highlight alternative employment pathways, activities and skills.
$49,710
Richmond Valley CouncilBeats and Eats Festival – Growing Our Local YouthThe Beats and Eats Festival is a youth-driven community event where young people’s love for food is mixed with arts, culture and music. Casino’s Crawford Square will come alive with market stalls, local produce, cooking demonstrations and live music showcasing what young people in the Richmond Valley have to offer.$17,500
Shopfront Arts Co.op. LtdART PARK – Shopfront’s open space drop-in for Young PeopleART PARK is a youth-led drop-in at Shopfront Arts Co-Op providing a context for young people to forge strong social connections and professional arts networks. Weekly, young people aged 15+ have access to arts resources, a supportive space, professional development training, mentorship and connection to a diverse network of peers.$45,781
Singleton CouncilSingleton Youth FestivalThe Singleton Youth Festival project will be coordinated by Singleton’s youth team, Youth Voice, and Singleton Council. It will feature fun and creative activities, workshops and talks relating to topics and issues identified by Singleton’s youth. Youth Voice will also host an art competition with the theme ‘The 2019 Teen.’$50,000
Somali Welfare And Cultural Centre IncorporatedAfrican Youth Create Better FutureAfrican Youth Create Better Future project will support the cultural creativity of talented African youth through a range of cultural activities such as art, dance performance, music, video production, health and nutrition.$38,000
Sutherland Shire Family Services IncEDYS TV and AppEDYS TV and the EDYS App will create an online platform for young people to engage and connect with their community and easily access local resources and support services.$50,000
Sydney Story Factory IncShalvey Bre(a)dDriven by the young people of Shalvey ‘What’s in a name? ‘ is a home grown mini-series, showing the real Shalvey – the people, their pride, and the peace. The mini-series will challenge the negative stereotypes and perceptions about the community.$45,550
Tamworth Regional CounciliGen Connect – Youth ActivationThe iGen Connect – Youth Activation project is a Tamworth Regional Youth Council initiative. Youth Council members will plan and coordinate monthly events in Tamworth which will be accessible to all young people. The events will raise awareness on issues that impact our local young people.$48,000
Waverley CouncilInnovating Youth Work Experience (participants will re-invent title)The project will pilot a volunteering strategy for young people to build skills and knowledge to lead the planning, development and implementation of creative arts and recreational events. This project-based learning aims to improve employability by building work skills, experience and connection with employer organisations to improve work experience opportunities.$45,850
Women’s Activities & Self Help House IncFierce and Fearless- Young Women’s Circles of Empowerment and LeadershipFierce and Fearless is a young women’s leadership and empowerment project. The project will engage local young women to develop their self-worth, inner-strength, leadership and agency to help create a more gender equitable and safe world.$49,500
Women’s Justice Network IncHealing from withinThe Healing From Within project will support female young people aged 15 – 25 who have been or are at risk of entering the criminal justice system to reconnect with their culture through connecting with community elders and gaining self confidence to join local community events and organisations.$50,000
Young Change Agents LimitedYouth-led social enterprises supporting youth mental healthThis project will support Young Change Agents Alumni from across NSW to launch a product based social enterprise. These social enterprises have a common social purpose – youth mental health. The project will help them develop their enterprise skills and include a series of intensive workshops on product design and manufacturing, marketing and crowd funding.$50,000
Young Men’s Christian Association Of SydneyManning Youth Action (MYA) streetgYmThe project will make free, youth-led recreation activities, workshops and events accessible to all young people in Taree and the Mid-North Coast. On a weekly basis streetgYm sessions involving popular youth recreation activities will offer important relationship building opportunities. Quarterly youth-led events will showcase local music and sporting talents in safe, youth-friendly locations.$29,510
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Last updated: 06 May 2019
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