Engage! funding a big win for young people

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Moonee Valley City Council’s Valley Youth team will receive $125,000 over the next three years through the State Government’s Engage! funding program.

The program offers funding to councils and community organisations to develop and deliver activities that engage young people in their local community.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek welcomed the funding boost, saying it was a big win for young people who live, work, study and spend time in Moonee Valley.

“Our Valley Youth team provides a much-needed service for local young people, ensuring they’re engaged in their communities, supported during challenging times, and encouraged to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives,” Cr Sipek said.

“There are more than 20,000 people aged between 12 and 25 who live in Moonee Valley and many others travel to Moonee Valley on a daily basis. Too often this demographic is neglected from the decision-making process.

“Guided by our Thrive strategy, we’re working hard to make sure that young people are part of the decision-making process and offered every opportunity to actively participate in community life.”

Portfolio holder for Lifelong Learning Cr Narelle Sharpe said the funding would allow Council to continue to develop meaningful initiatives that had a positive impact on the lives of young people.

“In 2016/17, Council engaged with almost 1,400 young people through its various programs and events. It provided 515 young people with case management support and a further 320 hours of counselling,” Cr Sharpe said.

“The Valley Youth team regularly visit high schools and pop up at local events as a means to engage with young people where they are, and provide advice and resources.

“All of this work is so important, and it’s important it continues. This funding will help Council continue its efforts to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

For more information on the different services Valley Youth have to offer, visit the Valley Youth page or contact the team on 9243 1225.

Media enquiries:
Siobhan Coughlan, A/Coordinator Media and Issues
Phone: 03 9243 8813; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Thursday, 8 March 2018, 1:27 AM