Youth Organisations Engage Support

Youth Organisations Engage Support

Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith

$12.3 Million To Support Victorian Youth Organisations

Victor P Taffa

More than 100 youth service providers, local government and not-for-profit organisations are set to receive funding from the Victorian Coalition Government’s new Engage! program.

Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said $12.3 Million over three years would enable organisations to provide more opportunities for young people to volunteer, explore education and employment pathways, and increase connections with their community and family.

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting organisations that improve lives and opportunities for young Victorians, and this funding will support projects that strengthen community partnerships and create opportunities for young people to become active and engaged.” Mr. Smith said.


“Engage! aims to support programs that offer opportunities for young people to volunteer, participate in mentoring, receive study and career advice, and gain practical skills and training and increased connections with their community.”

In this round of funding, 102 successful applicants will receive between $30,000 and $150,000 annually for three years to deliver vital projects, including;

  • Brophy Family and Youth Services’ Kulcha Shift Youth Enterprise Project, an early intervention program focusing on building self-confidence, resilience, engagement and connection to community for young people
  • Interact Australia’s All Abilities Leadership and Mentor Program (AALMP), a statewide initiative that provides a unique leadership and mentoring program to assist young people with a disability as they transition into independent life after leaving school
  • ‘STREAT’s Transitioning Youth Through STREAT program, which supports homeless youth in Melbourne aged 16 to 25 by providing training and employment with a focus on a sustainable livelihood in the hospitality industry
  • Westside Circus’ The Circus Bridging Program, an engagement program that uses circus arts to build interpersonal skills, resilience, confidence and personal wellbeing in 12 to 15 year olds at risk and newly arrived young people.

“Thank you to the countless volunteers and staff at community organisations and local governments across Victoria that makes these programs so successful. We value your work and the important role you play in the development of youth across Victoria.” Mr. Smith said.