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10 January 2018

Helping youth to take the lead


Young people in Indigo Shire will have more opportunities to participate in and connect with their community, thanks to renewed State Government funding for the Engage! 2018-20 program.

Making the announcement on Monday, Ms Jaclyn Symes MLC said Indigo Shire Council would receive $100,000 for programs designed to help young people strengthen their education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing.

Indigo Shire's Mayor, Cr Jenny O'Connor, said the Council's youth engagement programs were exciting, engaging and highly effective.

"Our local young people are producing some amazing changes in youth opportunities and aspirations in Indigo Shire," Cr O'Connor said.

"I am extremely pleased with the State Government grant, which will help our programs designed to empower and support our young Action Groups, our youth LGBTQI+ community, our Mental Health Peer Support program, and our youth leadership and advocacy skills development.

"I invite young people across the Shire to get in touch with our Youth Officer, Sal Kimber, and bring their voices and ideas to these important initiatives."

Ms Kimber said the Engage! Program worked in partnership with young people to increase their confidence and ability to make decisions for and with their community. Current projects include:

  • Community Specific Action groups. Young people from our communities will be invited to participant in Action Groups where they develop skills and initiatives to empower and engage other young people in their community.
  • Indigo Shire LGBTQI+ Youth Support Group. This group commenced in 2016 and will continue thanks to Engage! funding. The group provides connection, support and an advocacy platform for LGBTQ+ young people and their allies.
  • Indigo Shire Lifeguard Program. Piloted successfully in 2016-17, we will be offering 10 positions in 2018 to local young people to receive free lifeguard and first aid training, as well as additional mentoring in the themes of leadership, communication and job interview processes. Participants will then be offered shadow shifts at their chosen local pool and a formal job interview. Last year six young people from the program were successfully employed at the pools.
  • Youth Voice, Changemakers Program. Funding will support our new approach to increasing the youth voice in Indigo Shire via a three-stage leadership and advocacy skill development and engagement program.
  • Mental Health Peer Support Model. Designed to engage expert trainers in youth mental health first aid to provide a formalised training package to both young people and adult community leaders working with young people.

Interested young people can phone Sal on 02 6028 1133 or 0427 724 726, or email sal.kimber@indigoshire.vic.gov.au.

 



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For further information:
Contact Cr Jenny O'Connor
Email mayor@indigoshire.vic.gov.au
Phone 0417 126 409