Young people in Temora will benefit from the NSW Government’s Youth Opportunities grants program, with Temora Shire Council receiving $12,746 to run their Temora Youth Leadership Program.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said these workshops and experience-building programs would help young people in Temora engage with the local community and learn new skills to set them up for success in life.

“Young people thrive when they have the opportunity to participate in programs tailored to their needs,” Ms Cooke said.

“The Youth Opportunities grants support high-quality, youth-led projects which will help young people develop the talents and tools they need to reach their career and education goals.”

Temora Shire Council Youth Development Officer Sheree Elwin said that the Temora Youth Leadership Program aims to raise the aspirations of 15 to 17 year olds in the community to be the next generation of leaders.

“The program consists of a series of workshops and activities which focus on developing skills in leadership, social responsibility, self-reflection, public speaking, interpersonal skills, community connections and team building,” Ms Elwin said.

“The Temora Shire Council, Temora Business Enterprise Group, local organisations and industries, and guest presenters will assist in the facilitation of workshops, building stronger community connections.”

“Local schools, business owners, community organisations, service clubs and sporting groups will also be engaged to encourage young people to get involved apply for the program.”

Minister for Families and Communities Natasha Maclaren-Jones said that the Temora Shire Council was 1 of 47 Youth Opportunities grant recipients.

“Youth Opportunities grants are delivering $2 million in funding for youth-led and youth-driven projects across NSW,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.

“From initiatives to assist young people to get their first job to workshops that will build vital life skills such as cooking and car maintenance, there will be incredible opportunities state-wide for young people.”

Minister for Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the program helps provide a pathway for young people, particularly in regional areas, to find their place in their community and live independently.

“The transition from school to work is often challenging, and initiatives like the Youth Opportunities Program are imperative in helping make that transition as easy as possible for young people,” Mr Franklin said.

“This funding helps facilitate a sustained transition into employment and provides young people with a personal development pathway to upskill them into qualified, work-ready professionals.”

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