Bass Coast encourages teens to make a difference

Media release courtesy of Foundation for Young Australians

On April 23-24 the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), together with the Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, La Trobe City Council and Headspace Central West Gippsland are inviting young people to get involved in making positive change in the community.

FYA’s Change It Up program sparks young people’s interest in making a difference, focusing on the issues that matter to them most, and supports them to turn their ideas into reality.

There will be activities and guest speaker spots from local people who have lead community change, and the event finishes by giving the participants a chance to present their ideas back to the community with seed funding available to bring great ideas to life!

“Change It Up has made me wake up to the fact that I can make stuff happen. I have a voice and people want to hear that voice. And even if they don’t, I can still shout. Change It Up helps you look round, stand up, do something good and say ‘I’m proud of that’.”

The Victorian Coalition Government is funding FYA $540,000 to expand the Change It Up program to support 30 regional and rural communities, and to host the annual Shaping Victoria Forum.

Any young person aged 14 to 19 who is interested in participating in Change It Up can register their interest by contacting Geraldine Archibald from Bass Coast Sire Council at geraldine.archibald@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

Applications from business and/or representatives from community groups can also be received for Day Two of the program, when participants will present their ideas at the forum.

Change It Up, Inner Gippsland

What: Change It Up sparks young people’s interest in making a difference

Where: Leongatha Memorial Hall, Leongatha

When: Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th April 2015, 9 – 3.30pm