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The 2019 Youth Opportunities projects have been announced.

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $11.8 million in funding to 247 projects across NSW. The 2019 Youth opportunities projects are:

Organisation Name Project Title Project DescriptionFunding

Australian Red Cross

Our Futures Our Way

Our Futures Our Way (OFOW) is a youth-led project that will support vulnerable young people by providing opportunities for them to thrive through improved physical and mental health, well-being and connection to Aboriginal cultural identity. Young people will be empowered to drive local change and create opportunities for themselves.


Ballina Shire Council

Ignite Youth Animator

Five creative squads will collaborate on four Stop Motion short-film animations guided by professional artist and filmmaker mentors. Participants will discover the creative potential of Stop Motion Animation as an art form to tell stories and explore adventurous ideas and organise their own red carpet screening event.


Camden Council

Camden's Creatives Take The Lead

A Project Leadership Team will have the opportunity to develop employability skills through the management of four youth led events within the Camden LGA. Young people will be supported by professional mentors from within Council and the community. Feedback from the events will inform future strategies for Camden’s young people.


Campbell Page

Indigenous Youth Network Unite

Indigenous Youth Network Unite! provides an opportunity and a platform for young Aboriginal people in Eden and Wallaga Lake to have a say in their own community.  It establishes a mechanism to set up and drive a youth-led agenda to increase access and inclusion in community development.



Adulting 101

Young homeless people will learn 'adulting' skills while in crisis and transitional housing with CareSouth's Shoalhaven Youth Support service. These skills will include: Financial literacy, how to vote, access to stable housing, employment pathways and job interview success. They will also plan and host a lunch or dinner for the speakers to exercise their planning, budgeting and cooking skills.


Christian Community Aid

BEATL: Bravely Empowering Adolescents to Lead – Drumming Skills and Leadership

BEATL (Bravely Empowering Adolescents to Lead) will teach 20 Ryde LGA youth to play drums and then train their peers in drumming, culminating in one or more BEATL events. Participants will build community connections, life and leadership skills along with creative skills in music, promotion, team and event management.


Creating Chances

The Youth of Sydney take on the World Traditional Games

Creating Chances will partner with young people across Sydney to deliver a series of popular World Traditional Games - by young people, for young people. The World Traditional Games celebrates culture and sport, enabling youth to learn about and compete in traditional sports from around the globe.


Dunn Lewis Youth Development Foundation

Local Journeys Ulladulla

An exploration of local community by young people in two phases. Phase 1: development of guided audio walks (podcasts) of significant local places and culture. Phase two: development of a local cultural festival featuring local entertainment, food, skill-sharing workshops and storytelling through collaboration with local community groups.


Fairfield City Council

The Healthspo Project

Healthspo will inspire, motivate and equip young people with the tools for healthy living. Participants will develop skills, knowledge and experience in a range of health topics while taking part in engaging,  informative and fun activities. The project will inspire everyday  habits that maintain positive health into the future.


Forbes Shire Council

Learn It in Forbes

Forbes Youth Action Team will develop a life skills program to support young people transitioning to adulthood. The workshops will be targeted to young people aged 16 - 25 years. At the conclusion they will be presented with First Aid and Barista Certificates to support their employment opportunities.


Ghurrumbil Dreaming Indigenous Corporation

Ghurrimbil Dreaming Yung Art Festival

The Ghurrimbil Dreaming Yung Art Festival re-invents the Goonellabah Skate Park, a central gathering place for local young people. A program of fortnightly workshops, led by local Lismore artists in street-art, music, dance and design will culminate in the Yung Festival led by young people, unifying them with the skate park.


Glebe Youth Service

Aboriginal Youth Leaders Program

The Aboriginal Youth Leaders program will provide the opportunity for Aboriginal young people to work as mentors and educators for other Aboriginal young people in the inner city area. It will support and upskill young leaders while increasing opportunities for young people to participate in culturally safe youth-driven community activities.


Gymea Community Aid & Information Service

Changing the Narrative

Changing the Narrative aims to broadcast  the voices of Young Australians and to highlight through short films and a film festival,  their concerns,  interests and world view and project that a positive future is not only possible but can be created by young people.


Hear For You

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Youth Today, Hearing Health Leaders of Tomorrow

Deaf teenagers and young adults are taking action to raise awareness of hearing health and deafness among their peers and in their local communities. They will bring together ideas to create content, design materials, practice public speaking skills and deliver presentations to their peers, educational institutions and community groups.


Hilltops Council

Youth Opportunities for the Hilltops

The Youth Opportunities for the Hilltops project will engage over 2,000 young people in 12 monthly activities and events held throughout 2020, chosen and designed by our young people for our young people. The monthly events will include a variety of opportunities for social interaction, skill building, creativity and community participation.


Information + Cultural Exchange

Groom Room

‘Groom Room’ will be a youth-run social enterprise: a 'unisex' barbershop delivering fades and braids by and for discerning young people. ‘Groom Room’ will be an immersive employment, business and creative development program led by style, inspiration, empowerment and delivers the chance for customers to check in; fix up; look sharp.


LeaderLife Limited


For young people with complex histories, it’s paramount to provide innovative training and alternate employment situations to build on their skills in a meaningful way, in a safe place and ultimately improving their quality of life. Soil2Soul is a social enterprise model that aims to fill the employability gap.



Table Of Plenty

TABLE OF PLENTY is a multilingual, multi-arts project nurturing a new generation of young CALD women leaders in Fairfield and Liverpool. It will develop participants’ creative arts skills; cultivate their abilities as creative thinkers and collaborators; and generate curious, creative, constructive, generous, culturally competent youth leaders within and between communities.


Lyttleton Gardens

Farm It Forward

Farm It Forward is a social enterprise connecting Blue Mountains landowners and local young people who are passionate about growing food. It creates skills, training and job opportunities for young people while tackling social isolation, an issue for both young and old, in the Blue Mountains, improving health and wellbeing.


Marian St Theatre for Young People

Testament - A Cross Generational Music Theatre Project

This youth driven project will create, record and perform a series of 12 songs and stories – a new music/theatre cycle looking at the mental health issues in our community. Our project provides an environment for expression, challenges notions of young, old and our place, through a series of intergenerational conversations.


Murray Conservatorium

Multiple choirs to reach young disadvantaged groups

We plan to initiate several choral groups to reach disadvantaged young people. We will provide opportunities for students to grow in confidence and teamwork. We will implement a plan to train and employ young people as music teachers, and they will be mentored and supported by experienced music teachers.



I-Art: Inclusive Art for youth with disability in Western Sydney

Young people with disability across Western Sydney will develop their artistic talents through community based workshops and organise a public exhibition to bring their creativity to life. I-Art will empower young people to present their work and challenge the social misconceptions, encouraging people to look at ability over disability.



Youth Leading And Succeeding

OzGREEN will support Bellingen and Nambucca Shire young people to deliver six youth-inspired, youth-planned and youth-driven projects. Projects include an Indigenous native plants community nursery, a youth-run nature club, a sustainability festival, an electrical appliance repair workshop, a youth space at the community garden and a sustainable lifestyle video production.


Phoenix House Youth Services

Shield - Harm Minimisation Mobile Application & Information

Shield will develop drug and alcohol health, sexual health and harm minimisation information relevant and accessible for young people. Utilising social media, phone applications, visual and experiential workshops; young people (together with service users and experts) seek to provide other young people the information they need to make informed decisions.


Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Visual Arts for Queanbeyan Youth

The Visual Arts for Queanbeyan Youth project will provide mentoring for young artists to lead 16 weekly visual arts classes for 20 local young people. The project will culminate in a youth-curated art exhibition with an official opening, showcasing artworks produced through the project.


Regional Youth Support Services

BUSking - On Tour Opportunities for Young People

A Youth Leadership Crew will develop and deliver a series of Acoustic Rap ‘Open Mic’ sessions at events across the Central Coast.  Artist's live performances will be celebrated online via social media platforms. Four young people will be offered further professional development opportunities in a fully-equipped recording studio, to inspire a wider audience of aspiring and emerging musicians.


Samaritans Foundation

Suburban Stories: Newcastle youth connecting to community through creative initiatives

The Suburban Stories project will capture human stories from across Newcastle. Skilled and passionate young people will: develop their creative skills; conduct interviews; and capture local stories that allow diverse voices to be heard. These stories will be published across various platforms such as blogs, podcasts and printed resources.


Shellharbour City Council

Evolve: Creative Events Production and Management for Young People

Evolve is a mentorship and short-course opportunity for young people interested in producing creative events. The project will build participants skills and capability, whilst providing practical experience and networking opportunities to better equip participants to contribute to Shellharbour’s creative economy and provide inclusive events for young people.


South West Arts

South West Youth Community Radio

The SouthWest Youth Community Radio project is a youth-run, youth-led social enterprise aimed at providing young people with practical skills and knowledge that will:
- Enable community connection and partnerships
- Provide a voice for young people within the community
- Support creative skills development
- Provide pathways for career development and further education.


The Big Fix Inc.

Youth Permaculture and Social Enterprise Design Program

The Youth Permaculture Social Enterprise Design Program is a project aimed at providing skills, qualifications and connections to young people so that they can collaboratively establish a social enterprise that would meet needs in the Lithgow Community and create their own meaningful employment opportunities and support networks.


The Burdekin Association

The Avalon Youth Hub Podcast

The Avalon Youth Hub Podcast is an initiative developed by the Hub's Youth Advisory Group who will receive training in interview and radio presentation skills, in order to conduct interviews with different youth-related agencies in their monthly podcast.


The Salvation Army Youthlink

Weekend Warriors Leadership Program

Young people will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills that will benefit them throughout life and to participate in community development activities and ultimately increase their connection to their community. The project will allow them to learn and teach in an outdoor environment.



Bulwal Balaang Enterprises

This project is supporting young Indigenous women to explore and test a number of social enterprise initiatives. Bulwal Balaang Enterprise is an empowerment program that brings young Indigenous women together to develop their ideas and concepts for local enterprises, establish partnerships with local organisations and grow their initiatives.


Wingecarribee Shire Council

Create & Celebrate

Partnering with young people to develop a series of creative music events. Young people will be involved in designing a series of skill building workshops and engaging youth performances that will heighten into a "Battle of the Sounds". The project will conclude with a music festival to celebrate young people in our community.


Wollondilly Shire Council

Adulting 101

The project aims to provide practical support for young people to gain employment after school through developing their skills and competencies and giving them the confidence to take that next step into the world after school.



“Forward Thinking”- Social Impact Project

YMCA NSW in partnership with local Council’s will increase youth participation and leadership in the Parramatta, Penrith and Cooma communities. Each area’s youth committee will establish themselves as active change agents, implementing an inclusive community event in their respective areas while engaging in training relevant to event management.


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Last updated: 05 Nov 2019