January 19, 2018

$100,000 FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS TO PROVIDE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN BALLARAT

Vulnerable young people in Ballarat aged between 7 to 17 will have the opportunity to be teamed with a positive adult mentor thanks to funding from the Andrew Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard joined Big Brothers Big Sisters acting manager, Taryn Williams to announce $100,000 to support the Engage Ballarat program.

“This program facilitates meaningful mentoring relationships between adult role models and vulnerable young people, who are identified as at-risk by their family, teachers or support agencies,” Mr Howard said.

“Many young people face barriers to education and their health and wellbeing which can stay with them into their adult lives.

“By teaming them up with a positive adult role model, young people can gain confidence through friendship, guidance and support.

“This can make a huge difference by empowering them with the knowledge that they can make choices to improve their lives.”

Engage! supports the Andrews Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement.

The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices.

107 projects from across the state have shared in $12.3 million as part of the Engage! 2018-20 program.

For more information, please visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au