Benalla migrant association receives engagement grant

The grants are part of the second round of government youth engagement grants, which aim to connect young Victorians through sport, arts and music.

The grants will provide up to $50,000 for each project.

Northern Victoria State Member Jaclyn Symes said the funded projects were specifically designed and implemented by small multicultural and indigenous organizations to help young people aged between eight and 24 connect to their community , their family, their friends and their culture.

“Youth Engagement Grant-funded organizations do a fantastic job of engaging young people and it’s wonderful to see the local community supporting each other like this,” Ms Symes said.

“We know that when young people have positive relationships and feel engaged, they are able to thrive, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact these grants have in supporting young people in our community. »

The grant will fund the Benalla Migrant Association to provide school holiday activities for children and young people from newly arrived and migrant backgrounds.

Music, dance and other recreational activities will engage children and young people at risk of isolation, connecting them with their peers and the local community.

These grants are part of the Building Safer Communities program, which helps councils and community organizations in Victoria carry out innovative crime prevention projects that improve community safety.

The Building Safer Communities program is a cornerstone of the government’s Crime Prevention Strategy, which sets out a long-term approach to tackling the root causes of crime and building safer communities in Victoria.

Crime Prevention Minister Anthony Carbines said since 2015 the government has invested more than $90 million in crime prevention programs and supported more than 945 projects aimed at increasing public safety and confidence. community in public places in Victoria – including $1.7 million in the 2021-22 Victorian budget for two rounds of youth engagement grants.

“Youth Engagement Grants support grassroots organizations to reach more young people and provide meaningful connections – I congratulate all award winners who will continue to make a real difference,” Mr. Carbines said.

“These projects provide children and young people with strong social connections that prepare them for a strong life, and I am proud to be part of a government that is investing in the future of young Victorians.