The Minister for Youth, the Hon. Ros Spence MP has announced the recipients of the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Grants.
“As Minister for Youth, I’m proud to be part of a government that supports and empowers young people to connect with their communities and explore their cultural identities,” said Minister Spence.
The Aboriginal Youth Engagement Grants will support six Aboriginal-led organisations with grants of up to $50,000 to deliver community and cultural engagement programs to Aboriginal young people across Victoria. These programs are designed to ensure that Aboriginal young people are supported during Victoria’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Funded initiatives include:
- Culture and community connection building retreats for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women pursuing careers in health services
- A mentoring program with Elders, health workers and Aboriginal life coaches to work through relationship challenges in a healthy way
- A leadership program to strengthen confidence and resilience in participants, providing resources and incorporating cultural teachings from Elders and guest speakers from Indigenous businesses.
This grants program builds on the successes of the Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program, which funds youth-led, culturally safe mentorship programs that respond to the local needs of Aboriginal young people across the state.
Reviewed 23 June 2021