Youth Network Grants to support the development of our young people
The State Government is investing more than $60k over the next 12 months in suburban and regional youth networks aimed at ensuring at-risk youth don't slip through the cracks.
Thirteen networks, comprised of not-for-profit groups and local governments, will receive up to $5000 for programs and projects that help young people connect with their community.
"Youth networks are made up of a number of organisations from a local areas including not-for-profit organisations, local governments and sporting clubs.
"They work collegiately to support young people, particularly those from isolated regional communities."
Ms Bettison said the grants support formal and informal networks to provide programs and services which meet the needs of young people in a particular local area.
"This includes facilitating meetings, sharing ideas on current issues and hearing from guest speakers.
"Youth networks also help to build the skills and abilities of members, as well as developing the resources young people need to work with."
Some of the successful organisations awarded $5000 include:
- Adelaide Hills Youth Sector Network, for a guest speaker program
- Playford Youth Network, to produce an information card for young people
- Southern Fleurieu Youth Network, for professional development training
- Riverland Youth Sector, for youth mental health first aid training.
Ms Bettison said the State Government is pleased to support the youth sector to develop community-led programs that respond to the needs of young South Australians.
"By encouraging organisations to work together and share information, we are creating a collaborative environment which supports the best possible outcomes for young people in South Australia."
For more information about youth programs, policies or grants, visit www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au