Minister responsible for Youth Ray Williams today announced more than $1.4 million will be provided to 35 organisations across NSW to support young people engage in the community and develop a range of skills. “Youth Opportunities aims to equip young people with skills to achieve their future professional goals, including event management, marketing and public speaking,” Mr Williams said.

“NSW currently has the lowest youth unemployment rate of any state. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to ensuring everyone benefits from a booming economy, including young people. “Youth Opportunities will give thousands of young people across NSW the confidence and drive to reach their potential.”

Phoenix House Youth Services CEO, Edmund D’Cruz said the organisation received $40,000 to deliver cooking and food waste workshops to young people. “The Youth Opportunities project at Phoenix House, “Bon Appetit”, will allow us to support young people in need to connect with others, all while developing teamwork, communication, decision-making and leadership skills, with the objective to develop it into a social enterprise,” Mr D’Cruz said.

“Young people who participate in the project will also have the opportunity to access training activities so they can become qualified in either commercial cookery, business, marketing, advertising or events.” Since the program launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $10.5 million in funding to 212 projects across NSW.

One-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 are provided to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects.