From performing arts camps and writing workshops to cooking classes and sports clinics, more than 5,000 young people have taken part in the school holiday activities offered through the NSW Government Holiday Scheme.
Regional Youth Minister Ben Franklin said he was delighted to see so many young people from the NSW region going out and making the most of the activities on offer.
“Young people in the regions have faced many challenges over the past few years and it’s great to see them having the chance to relax and be creative, active and engage with their peers,” said Ms. Franklin.
“I am so proud of the New South Wales Government’s $10 million holiday scheme, which offers a variety of activities, ensuring there is something for everyone, whatever their interests, their skills, abilities or background.
“The scheme is having a real impact on young people living in the NSW region giving them a sense of belonging, and is an example of how the Liberal and National Government are investing in regional communities to make everyday life better and more affordable.”
Xavier, 16, from Leeton, took part in the Songwriters Challenge and said it opened his eyes to his own potential.
“My rap was about my past struggles growing up without having a lot and being caught up in the system. This experience taught me that it is important to pursue your dreams, to get started and to always be ready to put your ideas at the service of the group,” said Xavier.
Mr Franklin said attention has now turned to the summer school holidays, when he hopes to see even more young people from the area get out and enjoy all the exciting events that will be on offer in their communities.
Funding of up to $15,000 is available to 93 area councils and eligible non-profit organizations to cover the costs of hosting additional youth events or expanding youth services.
Applications close Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m.