Gurmesh Singh MP


Young people on the Coffs Coast can develop the skills and knowledge they need to support employment, education and training opportunities in a NSW Government grant program.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said local not-for-profits, community groups and councils are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 under the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities initiative.

“These grants will help young people develop tangible skills to support future employment, education and training opportunities,” Mr Singh said.

“They will also support young people’s participation, engagement, and inclusion in the community.”

The Youth Opportunities grants provide one-off, time-limited grants of between $10,000 and $50,000 for programs targeting children and young people aged 12-24.

Since the program began in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $13.3 million to 282 projects across NSW.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the focus this year will be on organisations delivering programs that build tangible skills or qualifications that will help with future job opportunities.

“We want young people to be engaged in their local communities and participate in grassroots programs that will provide them with a platform to gain meaningful employment and learn new skills,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the program is helping young people across the state reach their full potential.

“For almost a decade this program has engaged young people across regional NSW and a focus on jobs and skills this year will equip them with the tools they need for many years to come,” Mrs Taylor said.

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