The Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) introduces the Aboriginal Youth Empowerment Grants program supported by the Department of Communities to elevate the voice of Aboriginal young people through strengthening representation, enhancing engagement, and building new opportunities to empower Aboriginal young people to partake in decision-making in the broader community.
The Grant program will enable YACWA to provide financial support for amounts between $2,000 – $25,000 to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and organisations specialising in the delivery of empowerment programs for Aboriginal young people.
The program aims to support initiatives that elevate the voice of Aboriginal young people aged 10-25 years through increased representation, engagement, and participation with decision-making. YACWA will provide support and guidance through the application process and acquittal requirements on completion of the project.
Empowerment involves young people making decisions about their own lives, and getting the support needed to make this happen. It begins with having strong and secure foundations that allow people, families, and communities to grow and develop, and build their own futures.
The grant round aligns with the Minister for Youth priorities of:
The overall aim of the program is to support new initiatives that empower Aboriginal young people that align with the Beyond 2020 – WA Youth Action Plan, aimed at assisting young people aged 10- 25 years, and Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy – Western Australia 2021-2029, National Agreement on Closing the Gap – Priority Reform area 2: Building the community-controlled sector – Sector Strengthening Strategy and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation Strategy 2022- 2032.