ACT Initiatives


Below are the Empowering YOUth Initiatives operating in the Australian Capital Territory.

Building Stronger Futures

Vision Australia

Through the Building Stronger Futures initiative young people who are blind or have low vision will receive pre-employment support in a simulated work environment to develop soft skills, communication skills, interview techniques and explore career options. This will be combined with mental health support to help young people gain permanent employment.


Regional and metropolitan areas in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria


Building Strong Futures if for young people aged 15-24 years who are blind or have low vision and are not currently enrolled in school.

Initiative period

30 June 2017 to 31 March 2019

Digital Industry Mentor Service


Through the Digital Industry Mentor Service young people will connect online with experienced industry mentors in order to develop their confidence, networking and soft skills. Mentors will increase employment opportunities for participants through existing networks and setting realistic goals that align with participants’ skills and work-readiness.


Australia wide


Young people aged 15-24 years.

Initiative period

5 June 2017 to 4 June 2019

Employment First Aid (E+)

Impact Community Services

Through an anonymous telephone hotline service and digital platforms, Employment First Aid (E+), participants and employers will have access to advice and support designed to enhance confidence and resilience in the workplace. The service will promote a range of strategies that employers and employees can adopt to improve retention of young people in employment.


Australia Wide


Young people aged 15-24 years who are in the first six months of their employment.

Initiative period

19 June 2017 to 18 June 2019

YAppE – Youth App

Black Swan Health Ltd

YAppE – Youth App Employment is an interactive, user-centred app for young people experiencing mental health concerns to support them to sustain employment. The data provided through the app will be tracked and monitored by a team of mental health professionals ready to provide personalised support and immediate assistance when required.


Australia wide.


Young people aged 15-24 years who with symptoms of a mental health issue, willing to receive support in relation to this issue, have a mobile device capable of supporting the app.

Initiative runs from

1 May 2017 to 30 April 2019