A dedicated youth space in the Latrobe Valley has celebrated its first year of operation, uniting a group of local youth services to successfully deliver a range of programs, activities and services to keep youths happy and engaged.
Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams visited the future home of Latrobe Youth Space in Princes Drive Morwell today to launch Latrobe Youth Space: Our First Year – a report showcasing the group’s achievements.
From its interim location in the Midvalley Shopping Centre, Latrobe Youth Space has connected with over 6,000 young people from Morwell to Traralgon.
The consortium led by the YMCA connects young people to education, training, employment and broader community life, with young people integrally involved in its design and delivery.
A 14-member Youth Governance Committee provides input into every aspect of operation to make sure Latrobe Youth Space meets the diverse needs of young people in the Latrobe Valley.
Recent activities have included a school holiday program, music and photography groups, homework support and support of a local film festival.
The Andrews Labor Government has invested $4.3 million over three years to design and develop the new site and deliver youth programs for young people throughout the region.
The facility is expected to be complete early next year.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams
“We know that if we work together to break down barriers to participation, young people will seize the opportunities available to them to reach their full potential.”
“Over the past year Latrobe Youth Space has become an integral part of the Latrobe Valley’s vibrant and diverse community, with young people at the heart of creating this unique and innovative space.”
Quote attributable to Chair of the Youth Governance Committee, Latrobe Youth Space Lincoln Ingravalle
“Latrobe Youth Space provides safety, inclusivity and diversity with staff and YGC members who are dedicated and welcoming beyond measure – this space is successful and thriving after 12 months in operation.”