Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh and Senator for the ACT, Kate Lundy, have today thrown their support behind a youth funding program that will target school and cyber-bullying.
The annual Youth Development and Support Program offers grants to youth organisations to fund projects that foster leadership skills and encourage cyber-safety and anti-bullying behaviour in communities.
Bullying, in all its forms, is unwarranted and unacceptable. Whether it’s in the schoolyard, online chat rooms or on Facebook, it needs to be stamped out. These grants will encourage smart solutions to help tackle the problem head-on at a local level.
Non-government and not-for-profit youth organisations are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $70,000 to help young Australians and their communities. A total of $500,000 is available to support eligible organisations to deliver projects in 2013-14.
This year’s theme – building a safe and supportive culture – reinforces our commitment to protect young people from violence and bullying and foster safe and supportive communities.
Last year, the Youth Development and Support Program funded 15 inspiring projects to help young people get ready for work or further study.
Applications are now open and will close on 23 August 2013. For information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.youth.gov.au/sites/youth/news/pages/ydsprogram_010410