Helping Scouts connect young people with communities

Minister Mikakos stands on the steps of Victorian parliament, surrounded by Victorian scouts.
25 November 2015
Minister Mikakos standing on the steps of Victorian Parliament, surrounded by a group of scouts.

More than 100 scouts from across Victoria gathered on the steps of Parliament House today with the Minister for Youth Affairs, who announced $457,000 in funding for a new Scouts Victoria program.

The program is funded by the Victorian Government and will provide new opportunities for young Victorians to make local connections, meet new people and socialise while learning new skills and developing leadership skills through scouting.

As part of the program Scouts Victoria will establish new Scout groups in the northern and western growth corridors to boost participation of young people facing disadvantage in Melbourne’s north and west. 

Scouts Victoria will also partner with multicultural communities to provide greater access to scouting activities.

This includes working with students and teachers from the Australian International Academy of Education in Coburg to establish a Scout group for young people in the Muslim community.

This is the first time in Australia that Scouting has partnered with an Islamic school. 

The program will also help build the capacity of local communities, parents, schools and volunteers by providing tools and resources to promote greater inclusion of diverse communities and participation of young people.

For more information on Scouts visit the Scouts Victoria website.

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