Local youth project receives funding boost

A local project that supports young people by providing them with employment and skills is one of 35 initiatives across the state to receive a share in the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grants program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said LeaderLife will receive $50,000 from the program to expand its lime farm operation at Narromine.

“LeaderLife already does a great job with the lime farm and the Soil2Soul program, but what this funding will do is allow Joh Leader, her team and the youth involved to expand into production of lime cordial and other items, using the fruits of their own harvest,” Mr Saunders.

“This program is already having an impact on people’s lives by making sure they’re engaged and have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful initiative.

“For young people with complex histories having unique opportunities and employment, as well as mentors and a purpose in life, is paramount to helping them achieve to the best of their ability.”

LeaderLife’s Joh Leader said the funding is a boost for her organisation as it looks to expand.

“What has already been created through the program is wonderful and is having a real, positive impact for the young people we engage with,” she said.

“The funding through the NSW Government will allow us to take our social impact to the next level. It’s so necessary to ensure long-term sustainability of programs for kids and we are incredibly grateful that they see the value in supporting this approach.”

Since the NSW Government established the Youth Opportunities program in 2012, almost $13.3 million has been invested in 282 projects.

For more information about successful projects, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities.   

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