The Andrews Labor Government wants fresh ideas from young people to shape Victorian Youth Week 2020.
Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams this week joined over 300 secondary school students at the Reach Foundation to open the grant round, with total funding of $220,000 up for grabs to support young people in planning and delivering activities and events in their local community.
Now in its third year, Victorian Youth Week is an annual celebration which brings together thousands of Victorians aged 12 to 25 in locations around the state to get active, be creative and have their say.
From April 3 next year, Victoria will host over 100 different youth events, including art exhibitions, musical concerts, cultural days, sporting events and forums on burning issues.
Victorian Youth Week aims to recognise the positive contributions of young people and provide opportunities to express themselves and have fun in safe environments that are alcohol, drug and smoke-free.
Community organisations, local councils and schools are encouraged to partner with young people to design events that celebrate their talents, achievements and community involvement.
Applicants should also consider ways to include young people facing social isolation and disadvantage, such as new arrivals, refugees and asylum seekers or young people who identify as LGBTIQ+.
Grants of up to $2,000 are available. For more information about Victorian Youth Week, or to apply for the 2020 program visit www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/youthweek
Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams
“Next year’s Victorian Youth Week promises to be bigger and better than ever – I encourage every young Victorian to get involved and I look forward to hearing all your great ideas.”
“I am proud to be supporting this flagship event that showcases the contributions young people make to their communities every single day.”