Rural youth in communities across Australia, including Streaky Bay, will be implementing projects following grants from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).
The District Council of Streaky Bay is one of 20 groups to be named as a grant recipient as part of the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation to pilot ideas developed at the ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit earlier this year.
The council has been awarded $6300 to build strong local networks and upskill youth with mentoring from the Streaky Bay and District Drug Awareness Action Group and the council’s community and economic development team to organise ‘Streaky Sk8z’, a skate and scooter event and activity series.
Community and economic development manager Penny Williams said this was a rare opportunity for the region.
“We are excited about the grant, it is an exciting opportunity for our youth who don’t get something like this come about too often,” she said.
“This will involved a mentoring group to help organise, with one day of skate and scoot workshop to be held in January, and then two days of aerosol workshops, probably in April.”
The Heywire program helps young people use their experiences to generate meaningful and impactful change in regional communities.
The Streaky grant comes under the ‘Yeah The Boys’ banner, an idea developed by Western Australian Heywirer Hamish Austin to keep boys aged from 12 to 18 away from illicit substances and activities.
It is one of three grants awarded under that banner to run programs to engage young men.
FRRR chief executive officer Natalie Egleton said the grants enabled young people to work with community groups to tackle real – and at times confronting – issues impacting their local area.
“These grants then enable local leaders to work with local youth to implement these solutions in a way that will resonate in their communities,” she said.
“With Australian youth developing the ideas and local youth being supported to lead the implementation, the grant recipients have a fantastic opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.
“This is the sixth year that we have seed-funded projects with FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants and I am thrilled to say that there are a number of projects still going strong, and continuing to have an impact.”