Steph Cooke MP, Michael McCormack and Rick Firman are surrounded by young people.
Steph Cooke MP, Michael McCormack, Rick Firman and Temora & District Education Fund recipients.

Young people in Temora will soon be able to take part in a new project connecting entrepreneurs with experienced business owners.

The T-Town YOUthMade Markets is one of 35 initiatives across the state to receive a share in the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Youth Opportunities grants program.

The project will aim to create mentoring opportunities with local young people and business owners, helping to develop skills in financial literacy, product development, retail sales, promotion, marketing and branding. With the ultimate goal of supporting the young people to sell their products to the public in a professional setting.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the project would help create opportunities for young people.

“Temora is full of innovative small businesses brimming with experience that will help engage and inform these passionate young people develop their ideas,” Ms Cooke said.

“This great project will connect young people with their communities even further and create opportunities to get new youth-driven businesses off the ground.”

“It is so exciting to see the passion from these young entrepreneurs and I can’t wait to see how far they will go with this support.”

The Youth Opportunities program helps young people build life skills, employment pathways, and nurture good wellbeing and mental health.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said more than half of the successful projects are based in regional and rural NSW.

“Rural communities know it’s vital to engage with young people as they are the future leaders in their regions,” Mrs Taylor said. 

“These projects will give young people the tools they need to navigate a range of issues so that they can build resilience and thrive.”

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.