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Bullies on youth grant program’s hitlist

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth
Minister for Employment Participation

School and cyber-bullying will be targeted in this year’s $500,000 Federal Government youth grants program announced by Youth Minister Kate Ellis today.

Ms Ellis said the annual Youth Development and Support Program will offer grants of up to $70,000 for projects that were aimed at developing leadership skills and encouraging cyber-safety and anti-bullying behaviour in communities.

“School and cyber-bullying is a big issue affecting the confidence and wellbeing of young Australians across the country and these grants will encourage smart solutions to help tackle the problem head on at a local level,” Ms Ellis said.

“Mission Australia’s National Survey of Young Australians last year found that violence and bullying are important issues for Australia’s young people, and with their energy and ideas we can work together to tackle school and cyber bulling.”

“Australians aged 12 to 24 and non-government and not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to $70,000 to help young Australians help themselves and their communities.

“This year’s theme – building a safe and supportive culture – reinforces our commitment to protect young people from violence and bullying and foster safe and supportive communities.”

“We have listened to this message and that’s why this year we are targeting investment towards helping young Australians develop practical new ways to tackle violence and bullying in their schools, communities and online.”

This worthwhile program has helped more than 100 youth organisations since 2009.

Since then, funded projects have included young people restoring bikes to give to refugees and newly arrived migrants, and another that trained young people in how to support other young people dealing with cancer.

Last year, the Youth Development and Support Program funded 15 inspiring projects to help young people get ready for work or further study.

One of those programs supported by the Fund helped young people design, implement and evaluate a showcase about best practices in sustainability, leading to an expo where their achievements are displayed to local employers and training providers.

The program fosters diverse projects that run at the grass roots level and help develop young people’s skills and confidence to move confidently into adulthood.

“I look forward to seeing the innovative projects that encourage leadership in young people as a result of our support,” Ms Ellis said.

Applications are open until 23 August 2013. For information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.youth.gov.au/sites/youth/news/pages/ydsprogram_010410