Monday, April 22, 2024

Youth funding targets future wellbeing

Recently allocated Ministry of Youth Development funding will support more than 6,700 young people to receive targeted youth development support to remain in education or transition to further training or employment and improve their wellbeing, Youth Minister, Matt Doocey said today.

Funding of $10.69 million will be allocated to 34 community-based youth sector providers around the country to deliver prevention and early intervention programmes that are tailored to young people’s needs, the Minister confirmed.

“We know that young people have experienced higher levels of anxiety and stress, particularly over the past few years. This funding will support young people to meet and manage these challenges,” Mr Doocey said.

Through the Ākonga Youth Development Community Fund (Ākonga Fund), the Ministry of Youth Development has funded 31 community-based youth development providers $9.702m to support at-risk learners during 2024 and 2025.  

This set of Ākonga Fund investments has also prioritised young people in regions affected by flooding and severe weather events in early 2023. Of the total funding, $5.091 million (53 per cent) has been allocated to affected regions. 

Through the Mental Wellbeing Support for Vulnerable Young People Fund, the Ministry of Youth Development has allocated $788,000 to youth sector providers over two years. This will enable at least 1000 vulnerable young people (aged 12 to 24 years) to receive early support to prevent the escalation of mental health and wellbeing issues.  

Through the Upskilling Young Kaimahi Fund, the Ministry of Youth Development is also supporting up to 200 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) to upskill in youth development and mentoring.  

“With the rising cost of living impacting the lives of many young New Zealanders, the Government supports lifting skills, education and wellbeing to provide our young people with greater opportunities and a brighter future,” Mr Doocey said. 

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