Opportunity knocks for Dubbo region youth

Young males at-risk of falling through the cracks will have more opportunities to grow thanks to the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities grants program.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said LeaderLife has been awarded $50,000 for its Expanding the Impact: ‘Let’s Grow’ social enterprise, to deliver on-the-job training to more young people at its Narromine lime farm, setting them up for success in life.

“We know young people thrive when they have the opportunity to participate in programs tailored to their needs,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding will enable LeaderLife to deliver skills across a broad range of industries including landscaping, maintenance, construction and farming, create a lasting impact and pathways to mainstream employment.

“This is exactly what the Youth Opportunities grants are designed for – supporting high-quality, youth-led projects which will help young people develop the talents and tools they need to reach their career and education goals.”

Founder and CEO Joh Leader said LeaderLife would partner and secure work contracts with local businesses to expand the areas it can deliver training beyond the Narromine lime farm.

“LeaderLife works tirelessly to reverse unsettling trends of early school-leaving, unemployment and youth incarceration,” Mrs Leader said.

“This project will provide the supports needed for young people to develop employability skills, manage their wellbeing, and chase their dreams, whether that’s living well, or becoming financially independent.”

Youth Opportunities is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, providing $15.3 million to 329 projects across NSW since it commenced.

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