How do we make life better for youth living in regional Australia?

Applications are now open for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants!

A group of 37 young Australians got together at the 2020 Heywire Regional Youth Summit to answer the question, “How can we make life better for young people living in regional Australia?”

Together, the aspiring leaders narrowed down the most important issues facing young people and the broader community living in regional Australia.

What they developed were solutions uniquely designed to tackle issues including disengaged young people, access to medical services, youth mental health, careers in agriculture, access to education, environmental care and knowledge of all cultures.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and its donor partners have provided more than $100,000 in seed funding annually to help at least 10 not-for-profit community organisations turn these ideas into reality.

Chief Executive Officer of the FRRR, Natalie Egleton, said the projects developed at the Heywire summits had the potential to have a direct impact on youth living in rural, regional and remote Australia.

To date, that’s nearly 100 projects impacting more than 160 communities,” Ms Egleton said.

“At FRRR, we are driven by a deep belief that local leaders, including youth, are best placed to understand and act on what is needed for their community to thrive.

“That’s why we advocate for and support community-based solutions for community issues.

“Past Heywire ideas have had a major impact.”

Community organisations are invited to apply for a share in $100,000 in grants, to bring one of the following six youth-developed ideas to life.

Idea 1: Green Book

Green Book seeks to encourage youth to connect with their local, natural environment and to build and strengthen local communities.

Find out more: here

Idea 2: Skillin’ It

Skillin’ It is a community-based and locally-driven initiative that aims to create a culture of skills and knowledge-sharing network between people, individuals, businesses and community organisations.

Find out more: here

Idea 3: We Need Farmers

We Need Farmers is an educational program aimed at primary school students to teach them about the processes and stories behind each meal and what it takes to get it from the paddock to the plate.

Find out more: here

Idea 4: L.E.D

Let’s Embrace Diversity (L.E.D) aims to help people to understand the importance of embracing diversity. People can join the online movement to help connect and collaborate with people from all over Australia and share stories of what makes them different.

Find out more: here

Idea 5: Filling the Gap

Filling The Gap aims to share the untold stories of what makes Australia special – we are multicultural and we are diverse. This program will help teach a more inclusive history that covers all countries and cultures.

Find out more: here

Idea 6: Just Relax

Just Relax hopes to help create a more accessible community for everyone to enjoy. For those who have mobility issues, it would create a safe space for them.

Find out more: here

For more information about the Heywire program: click here



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