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2021 Youth Opportunities projects announced.

Since the program launched in 2012, the Youth Opportunities program has provided $15.2 Million in funding to 329 projects across NSW. The 2021 Youth opportunities projects are:

Organisation Name Project Title Project DescriptionFunding

107 Projects Incorporated

Accelerate: 107 and Shopfront Arts Co-op’s Creative Youth Workshop Program

ACCELERATE Youth Creative Workshops is a youth-led program at 107 Redfern in partnership with Shopfront Arts Co-op. A creative workshop program for local young people aged 12 to 24 with the opportunity to create and participate in artistic workshops while gaining skills to facilitate employment pathways


Acon Health Limited

BreakOUT - Youth Inclusion Project

The BreakOUT Youth Inclusion project is a youth-led, youth-driven community inclusion and leadership development project, for LGBTQ+ young people. BreakOUT provides mentorship and support for young people to gain practical skills, professional experience, and networks for further employment through community events and activities that increase wellbeing/participation among LGBTQ+ young people.


African Youth Initiative Centres Limited

African Youth Cultural Exhibition

The first African Youth Cultural Exhibition in Sydney will bring together young Africans to explore their cultural heritage and cultural needs. The project aims to bring young Africans together with African films, books, cuisine, dance, music, artworks, fashion, health, storytelling, and literary writing.


Albury City Council

Community Connect

Youth-led and youth-driven, the Community Connect sports program targets low socio-economic and public housing communities to address social division and offer leadership and employment opportunities to disadvantaged young people. Sixteen local young people will lead the project.


Arts & Cultural Exchange Inc (Formerly ICE)

Still Growing Collective: pathways to employment in creative industries

A First Nations youth designed-and-led program of mentorships, development labs, and artwork, dance and music creation. Project includes supported career pathways, opportunities for participants to grow into facilitator roles, support to develop, fund, manage and design future projects. The program is built on culturally specific and safe methods of engagement.


Australian Red Cross Society

Garindja Milumba (Dhurga language words meaning Youth Shine)

The Garindja Milumba (Youth Shine) project will empower 45 young Aboriginal people from the Eurobodalla Shire on beautiful Yuin country to develop confidence, skills and connections for future careers in the tourism sector, building on their deep connection to culture, community and country.


Cowra Show Society Inc

Volunteering for robust real-world experience

The development of young steward volunteers to gain transferable skills that include communication, presentation, negotiation, conflict resolution, project and event management, report writing, budgeting, dealing with the media and volunteering. This program will help youth fill their resumes with robust real-world experience that education institutes and employers look for.


Epilepsy Action Australia

Youth HQ: Vodcast and Peer Support Program

Youth HQ: Vodcast Series and Peer Support Program is the brainchild of our Youth Ambassadors. These youth-driven initiatives will give young people with epilepsy a voice while also tackling common issues of isolation, discrimination, and anxiety. The vodcasts will also reduce the stigma about epilepsy in the community.


Fairfield City Council


Work-Pad is the one-stop-shop for young people in Fairfield City who are looking for or starting their first job. What do we need to know when jumping into the workforce? Grab a pen, grab a pad, and get to work!


Fairhaven Services Ltd

Planter Project

To provide our Central Coast school leaver transition to employment support program, with structured, on-going work experience that offers various skill development opportunities. The “Planter Project” offers a long-term solution to providing work experience for school leavers living with disability, who choose to be a part of the project.


Georges River Council

'How to Adult'

‘How to Adult’ will provide young people with a range of practical life skills. Hands-on, tangible workshops, such as vehicle maintenance, cooking, applying for jobs, finance management, and first aid will give participants the boost they need to live confidently and independently as young adults within our community.


Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Employability Skills Video Resume

Video resumes provide an opportunity for young people with disability to use electronic media which they feel confident to communicate their strengths and experience to potential employers. Video resumes can also inform an employer of the supports the individual might bring to aid successful communication in a follow up interview.


Hockey New South Wales Limited

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Program

The Hockey NSW Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Engagement Program is designed to engage and increase participation for ATSI young people in NSW and offer them the opportunity to plan, develop and implement community activities across NSW under the guidance of our ATSI Ambassadors, including Hockeyroo-Olympian Mariah Williams from Parkes NSW.


Human Nature Adventure Therapy Ltd

Connecting our Future (CoF) - Empowering young people

Connecting our Future will empower disadvantaged young people to learn key skills that support their journey to independence. Knowledge and essential life skills will be developed at a dynamic overnight retreat that includes workshops and nature-based adventures, to empower them to overcome barriers and connect with their local communities.


Just Reinvest NSW Inc

Mounty Yarns - Listen to Change

A festival in Mt Druitt to showcase the ideas, talents and solutions of Aboriginal young people (AYP) with lived experience of the criminal legal system. It would be an opportunity for AYP to be listened to and create a pathway forward with community, government and services, being led by AYP.


Leaderlife Limited

Expanding The Impact: ‘Let’s Grow’ LeaderLife’s Social Enterprise

LeaderLife’s newest social enterprise is expanding; to grow more employment opportunities for young males at-risk in Dubbo. To create lasting impact and pathways to mainstream employment, LeaderLife’s young people will gain on job training and skills across a broad range of industries including landscaping, maintenance, construction and farming.


Marian Street Theatre For Young People Incorporated

Youth Take Over

“Take Over” is a multi-art form, place-making, youth empowerment project. Young people will transform and reclaim local spaces by creating 6 site specific works, to be displayed digitally, in-situ and digitally for their peers and local community for twelve months.


Mid-coast Council

The S.P.A.C.E. Project (working title)

The S.P.A.C.E. (Supporting Participation in the Arts, Culture and the Environment) Project will employ a young person and establish a youth steering committee to design and implement twelve Arts, Cultural and Environmental workshops throughout the Mid-Coast.


Moree Sports Health Arts and Education Academy Aboriginal Corporation

Growing Youth Leadership Project

The Growing Youth Leadership Project focuses on the dual opportunity of Aboriginal young people growing their leadership skills and community connections, whilst growing and propagating native plants and vegetables through a youth-run community garden in the Moree SHAE Academy grounds.


Multicultural Communities Council Of Illawarra Limited

Amplifying M-Voices

Amplifying M-Voices aims to provide a forum for CALD youth to explore and collectively unpack topics of concern and of interest that affects them as youth form cultural diverse backgrounds. Through a youth led and peer-to-peer mentoring approach, youth will learn the skills to produce podcasts to amplify their voices.


Murray Conservatorium Inc

Disability enrichment through music

We will conduct weekly group music classes both face to face and online, aimed at young people with special needs. We aim to engage youth in various musical activities, to build their musical ability, and confidence while making friends along the way and finding their love for music.


Narrabri Shire Council

Narrabri Youth Mental Health Podcasts and Training.

The Narrabri Youth Mental Health Awareness and Podcast project will provide end to end training for a group of young people from the Narrabri Shire enabling them to develop and market a podcast series discussing  sensitive mental health topics  to break down barriers and destigmatise youth mental health.


NSW Service For The Treatment And Rehabilitation Of Torture And Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)

Youth Directions

Youth Directions aims to promote participation and increase the well-being of young Ezidi refugees n Armidale. Managed by a STARTTS Youth Officer the project will include a program of 40 facilitated workshops and 2 school holiday camps focusing on health and well-being, arts and culture, social connected-ness and sport and recreation.


Orana Arts Inc

NaDR Kumi Daiko

A youth driven project of regional connection along global pathways. Harnessing the energy and passion of Taiko drumming, regional youth will connect with youth in urban centres and overseas as they chart their journey to being connected global citizens.


Orana Support Service Incorporated

Mobile Youth Community Cafe

Orana Support will assist youth from the Orana region of all backgrounds to gain experience, knowledge and qualifications that they can use to gain employment. Youth will gain hands on experience in customer service, hospitality, marketing, networking and cultural differences.


Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW Ltd

Youth Coaching

PCYC Penrith Youth Committee wish to engage disadvantaged youth through the provision of a gym and fitness-coaching project. A positive mentor will run daily sessions to develop fitness, promote healthier lifestyles, build self-confidence, set goals and improve connections to the community and future employment.


Project Youth

The Soul Language Collective

The Soul Language collective is a youth led music initiative where creative young people collaborate on music, songs, video and artwork with the aim of building connections, upskilling in music, reducing isolation, improving well-being and creating a compilation album.


Queanbeyan-palerang Regional Council

"More at Moore Park" Skate Bowl Mural & Launch

This project will involve local youth working with a professional mural artist to design and paint a mural inside the Moore Park Skate-bowl in Queanbeyan. This grassroots, youth-driven creative arts project will empower young people to develop their skills in street art, design, event management, leadership, and sport and recreation.


Rotary Club Of Charlestown Incorporated

Life Kitchen, Life Skills.

Life Kitchen Project will engage, educate and deliver a program focusing on developing life skills of young people through cooking. We will deliver group sessions to upskill, build independence, develop self-esteem and educate. Our focus is to develop knowledge and encourage interaction with family, friends and community members.


Rufftrack Limited

Ruff-TRUCK mobile coffee/food van and market stall

Ruff-TRUCK mobile coffee/food van and market stall social enterprise aims to provide young people a skill-up opportunity for future employment and business knowledge. It helps young people engage with community in a positive way, learning to manage emotions / communication and building confidence in public and ultimately changing community perspectives.


Scarf Incorporated (Now known as Multicultural Communities Council Of Illawarra)

Healthy Communities Youth Project

The Healthy Communities Youth Project will Promote positive mental and physical health for young people from refugee backgrounds. The project uses a holistic approach to engage young people in activities that will equip them with the skills to navigate life’s challenges in an empowering way, whilst developing their sense of connection to community.


ShoreTrack Ltd

ShoreTrack Mowing

ShoreTracting (ST-ING) is a social enterprise designed to provide opportunities for marginalised youth to develop employability skills to build self-worth and provide training that delivers an understanding of the world of work that will better prepare participants for their employment pathways and allow them to build community-based partnerships and networks.



Indigenous Youth Cultural Program

The Indigenous Youth Cultural Program will provide youth led cultural content for improved cultural and social connectedness for Indigenous youth aged 12 - 17 years in the SNHN region over the 12 months of the program.


Somali Australian Community Association of NSW (SACA)

Youth Activating Youth (YAY) Project

The Youth Activating Youth (YAY) project is a culturally appropriate project for African and CALD young people in Western and South-West Sydney. YAY will seek to address issues that are important to young African and CALD people.


South West Arts Incorporated

Indigenous Youth Creative Mentoring Project

Indigenous RAP Artists J-MILLA and Barkaa will mentor, coach and train Indigenous youth from Deniliquin and district in music mixing, dance, song writing, production and performance enabling young-people to plan, learn, lead and develop culturally-authentic music for release on The ENDFM youth radio station and live-performances at a local youth festival.


South West Music Inc

Deni Youth Music Festival

Local live youth music festival led and run by local youth, where youth are supported and mentored by South West Music and partners. The young people will develop a range of event production, music performance and promotions skills and grow in capability and confidence.


Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation Limited

“On air with ChIPS” Podcast: Chronic Illness Peer Support

Young people from the Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) program will lead a new project seeking to explore the complex and multifaceted issues affecting youth today through a podcast series. This youth-led project conceptualises diverse ways of understanding and communicating shared experiences for young people living with chronic health conditions.


Sydney Stepping Stone Inc

Telling Our Stories - Advocacy and Employment through Digital Storytelling

“Telling Our Stories” will give homeless youth a voice by empowering Stepping Stone House young people with the skills and advocacy training they need to safely share their lived experience with the community. Through in-house workshops, including videography, podcasting, and social media, youth will create digital narratives that express their unique stories.


Talk2mebro Inc

The Lifehacks Program

Lifehacks empowers young people who are wrestling with the physical, emotional and psychological changes happening in their lives. Young people participate in three immersive programs that will give them skills to design and deliver their own change initiatives so they can drive change in their own communities.


Temora Shire Council

Temora Youth Leadership Program

The Temora Youth Leadership Program aims to encourage our young people to be the next generation of aspirational leaders. Local community leaders and guest presenters will help develop skills in leadership; social responsibility; self-reflection; public speaking; interpersonal skills; connecting to community and team building during regular workshops.


The Council Of Camden

Camden’s Youth JobLinker Program

An employment program developed by young people and supported by Camden Council. Based out of Julia Reserve Youth Centre in Oran Park, young people will be given the opportunity to gain qualifications, discover possible career pathways, develop employability skills, and be linked to local employment opportunities.


Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural & Development Centre Inc

The Tirkandi Young Fellas in-Community Program

Following their 3-month residential program at the Tirkandi facility, our young fellas will be provided with in-community support which will form the long-term foundation of continuing their journeys to maintain cultural identity, strengthen physical and mental health, realise their educational and vocational goals, and form positive community partnerships and relationships.


UN Youth NSW Inc

Write Place, Right Time: Regional Young People Thinking Out Loud

This project will amplify the voices of school-aged youth in regional/rural communities across NSW by publishing an anthology of their creative works about connections to place and community. It will develop written, verbal, and visual literacy skills through creative writing workshops led by youth mentors aged 17-25.


Wagga Wagga City Council

We've got the drive

We've got the drive! aims to address a gap within our youth population located in some of Wagga's most vulnerable suburbs. It is designed to assist them in getting their learners license, through to obtaining a portion of their hours needed to obtain their full license.


Wingecarribee Shire Council


FUN ‘da MENTAL focuses on the health and wellbeing of young people through interactive engagement in creative arts. The project will open opportunities for young people to strengthen their connection and belonging to the local area through showcasing their talents in a variety of mediums.


Wollongong City Council


A series of free music events in Wollongong CBD and surrounding suburbs developed and delivered by young people to celebrate diverse youth communities after COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown. Targeted events for CALD, ATSI, LGBTQIA+, living with disability and mental health delivered by young people working with key community partner services.


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Last updated: 28 Jun 2022