Young People Funded to Develop Plan for the Future!
The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is one of eight organisations around Australia to receive funding from The Foundation for Young Australians for a project that will see young people develop a plan for a better future. Indigenous youth from the Canberra/Queanbeyan area are taking the lead in this new initiative called Hangin' In.
"These grants are a new and exciting way of working with young people to identify what they want – not what adults think they want. We will work with the young people involved in AIVL to develop a plan for a project that supports young people involved in injecting and illicit drug use," Ms Mary Wooldridge, Chief Executive Officer of The Foundation for Young Australians said today.
"The fact that young people lead the process of putting this plan together is a unique and challenging development opportunity for the young people involved, as well as a huge benefit for the organisation itself. Some of the plans that are developed by these organisations will receive further funding from The Foundation for Young Australians so they can be implemented but the development of the plan is a very significant step in its own right," Ms Wooldridge added.
The organisations that The Foundation for Young Australians has invested in are:
- The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League – Canberra, ACT
- AIDS Council of NSW – Sydney, NSW
- Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors Perth, WA
- Ballina High Risk Youth Project Ballina, NSW
- Keith Area School – Boys in Leadership Keith, SA
- Propelarts Perth, WA
- The Reach Foundation Melbourne, VIC
- Vibewire Youth Services Sydney, NS
Each of these organisations will receive $10,000 and resources to support the development of their plan. The Foundation for Young Australians will invest up to $510,000 in Partnership Grants with these organisations over the next two to three years.
More information on Partnership Grants is available at: www.youngaustralians.org