Round 1 Empowering YOUth Initiatives


Empowering YOUth Initiatives were funded under two funding rounds. There were 19 initiatives funded under the first round, as set out below. These initiatives have now been completed


Digital Work and Study Service – headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Intensive vocational assistance through a digital platform, focussing on promoting a healthy mental state and connecting with local employers and workforce.


Brisbane Broncos Career Club – Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Club

Focus on increasing young people’s retention rates at school and employment prospects.

Hoop Dreams – Charity Bounce

Encourage disengaged young people to take part in a variety of events, coaching and mentoring, job placements and leadership programs.

NextGEN Digital Development – Kiama Community College Inc

Provide access to supported training and paid work to encourage interest and employability in the ICT area through the Digital Business Hub social enterprise.

Productivity Bootcamp in Construction – Graceades Community Cottage

Provide accreditation through practical training at a building site training centre with experienced and qualified tradespeople.

Skillsroad Show – NSW Business Chamber

Provide careers advice through a travelling caravan visiting 70 towns across NSW. Engage with local communities to tackle youth unemployment by sourcing local opportunities for young people.

Youth at Work – Settlement Services International

Help young migrants and refugees keep their jobs through mentoring and work with employers to break down cultural barriers.


Buzzing – United Synergies

Provide real life experience in the hospitality industry through accredited training, motivating activities and support from industry mentors.

Driving School Social Enterprise – Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service

Connect young people with a driving school business and provide opportunities to undertake work experience and accredited training, and work towards earning their drivers’ licences.


Solid Youth - Whitelion

Provide pre- and post-employment support and training, and undertake a range of work experience placements.

Swim for Life – YMCA of Perth Youth and Community

Develop the employability of young people through training to become graduates of the lifeguard program and provide casual employment.

Young Harvest – Breakthru WA (formerly Great Southern Employment Development Committee)

Provide casual employment for young people in bee keeping or garlic cropping enterprises with professional mentoring and development sessions.


Becoming a Worker – Top End Group Training

Provide training in Certificate I in Business, work experience and employment placements or school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.


Eyre Peninsula Journey to Work – Eyre Futures

Support young Indigenous people to build their cultural identity and self- confidence, and connect with strong Indigenous community role models.

Support SA Youth Initiative Transition (SSayIt) – Brain Injury Network

Support young people with acquired brain injuries gain skills and confidence to connect into employment, education and their community.


20 in 2020 – Big hART

Increase employability and community connections for young people in rural areas of northern Tasmania through art, digital technologies and performance platforms.


20Squared – Workforce Plus

Use a prototype multimedia game to experience working with virtual clients and customers and resolve work issues in the health care sector.

Equip! – Geelong Ethnic Communities Council

Match CALD young people with mentors from a range of industries and provide career counselling, employability skills training and a 60 hour employment placement.

Youth BACE – Western BACE

Provide support to gain Certificate level qualifications, training and paid traineeships in the IT industry.

For more information about any of these initiatives, please contact the Empowering YOUth Initiatives team at