Rural and Regional Youth Engagement Program

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25 November 2015
Teenage male sitting on steps.Seven local governments in rural and regional Victoria will receive grants of up to $30,000 to help young people participate in their communities and contribute to local decision-making.

The Minister for Youth Affairs today announced seven local governments will receive grants under the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program in 2015-16.

Helping develop skills in young people often disconnected from the decision-making process, the grants will also encourage peer support and provide opportunities for professional engagement to build confidence in participants.

The grants will fund rural and regional local governments to undertake a number of initiatives, including:

  • Rural City of Wangaratta, which will focus on empowering young people living with a disability to have a voice and get involved in their community through its Rural Advocacy Disability project
  • Yarriambiack Shire Council’s Local Co-design Project, which will support disengaged young people to consult with their peers and plan, design and deliver community projects
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council, which will support young people to take part in Youth Forums, vote on change-making projects and form working groups to deliver them

For more information on the program visit the Youth Central website

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