Empower Youth

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The Victorian Government wants every young person to have the opportunities and support they need to reach their potential. 

Due to a range of circumstances, some young people become disconnected from family, education and community and require more intensive and tailored support to achieve their goals and enhance their life outcomes.

The Victorian Government is investing over $4 million over three years to deliver an exciting new program - Empower Youth.

Empower Youth funding announced

Eight organisations were successful in applying for Empower Youth funding, including: 

  • Barwon Child, Youth and Family
  • Centacare Ballarat
  • South Sudanese Association in Victoria
  • The Islamic Council of Victoria
  • The Salvation Army (Victoria)
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Co-op Ltd
  • Wyndham City Council
  • Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).

What will Empower Youth funding do?

Each organisation will engage youth workers to provide intensive, coordinated support to young people to strengthen their health and wellbeing, their connection to community, their engagement in education and training and their pathways to employment.

The Empower Youth Program will be delivered in areas experiencing social and economic disadvantage, including:

  • Greater Geelong
  • Ballarat
  • Hume
  • Dandenong
  • Casey
  • Brimbank
  • Wyndham
  • Frankston
  • La Trobe. 

Who to talk to

For more information about Empower Youth, contact Lucy Benbow on (03) 9096 1463 or lucy.benbow@dhhs.vic.gov.au.