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Federal funds for disadvantaged youth



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B30 EMBARGO: MIDDAY 28/5/92 27/5/92

FEDERAL FUNDS FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH

The Federal Government is funding a series of community based projects to assist young people who can't get jobs because of language and cultural barriers, the Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services, Peter

Baldwin, announced today.

$500,000 has been allocated to 13 projects through the 1992 National Youth Grants program, administered by the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

"The projects will assist several groups of young people shown by research to be the most disadvantaged in the labour market," Mr Baldwin said.

The cultural groups include Lebanese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Laotian, Cambodian, South Pacific Islanders and those from Spanish speaking backgrounds.

Mr Baldwin said single mothers and young people without families in Australia would also be targeted.·

"The aim of these projects is to link disadvantaged young people into mainstream training and employment programs," he said.

"The main focus will be breaking down the language and cultural barriers which they face.

Bilingual and bicultural youth and community development workers will be employed by several projects, while some of the more ambitious projects will feature innovative enterprise activities.

"While many young people in Australia face difficulties finding jobs, those who come from different language backgrounds have the biggest challenge," Mr Baldwin said.

"It's even harder if they happen to be newly arrived and female.

The National Youth Grants are part of the Government's wider Youth Social Justice Strategy which aims to ensure that young people have the means and the ability to fully participate in all aspects of society. ■

For more information: Sarah Taylor - Mr Baldwin's office (06) 277 7540

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1992 NATIONAL YOUTH GRANTS

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1. YOUNG MUSLIM WOMEN AND EMPLOYMENT

Muslim Women Association Lakemba. NSW

2. SOUTH SYDNEY PILOT PROGRAM - NBSB YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ENTERPRISE

South Sydney Youth Services Redfera. NSW

3. TAKING A STEP TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT

Ethnic Youth issues Network & Footecray Young women's Service Footscrav. Sunshine and Altona. VIC

4. INDO-CHINESE AND CHINESE YOUNG OFFENDERS SUPPORT PROGRAM

Care Force - Anglican Home Mission Society Cabramatta. Fairfield. Liverpool. NSW

5. ADDRESSING RACISM AS A BARRIER TO EMPLOYMENT OP YOUNG PEOPLE PROM NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING BACKGROUNDS

Youth Affairs Network of Queensland Brisbane. OT.D

6. CAMBODIAN, LAO, VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY YOUTH ENTERPRISE

Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese Young People's Support Group Inc. Footecray. VIQ

7. ILLAWARRA NEflB YOUTH PEER SVPPORT/BNTBRPRISS PROJECT

Illawarra Migrant Resource Centre Woolonaongr ■ NSW

8, YOUTH SUPPORT PROJECT

Vietnamese Youth club of Queensland Inal a. ΟΤιΓ)

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9. MBSB YOUNG WOMEN'S COURSE

Freemantle Migrant Advisory Association Preamantle. WA

10. WESTERN YOUTH ENTERPRISE PROJECT

western Youth strategy Inc. Adelaide, western suburbs. SA

11. EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PILOT PROJECT

STEP 1 Inc. Northhridge. WA

12. EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND TRAINING SCHEME

Don Bosco Brunswick Youth Foundation Inc. Brunswick. VIC

13. NESB YOUTH SUPPORT WORKER

Manly Warringah Youth Support Project - auepiced by Manly Warringah Community Information and Servioee Centre Inc. Manlv. Dee Why. Brookvale. Mona Vale. NSW-