Young people driving strong communities
Prue Pateras has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years and has seen firsthand the benefits philanthropic support can bring to youth-led programs in small rural, regional and remote Australian communities. Recently she spoke with Generosity magazine - here's a summary of what she had to say.
Being raised in the country, Prue has long had an interest in youth issues, particularly young people’s involvement in their communities. Three years ago, she joined the assessment committee for the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program which focuses on addressing issues of concern to young people from the bush.
The FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants program means the ideas that the young people work on together, can become a reality in communities across the country. FRRR and a number of donor partners provide $100,000, in grants of up to $10,000 for communities to adopt and implement these ideas.
Prue believes this is a great example of how philanthropy can step in and fill a gap, and help people address issues that really affect their quality of life, and indeed, the way they live their lives.
To date, 35 projects have been implemented around the country.
“What I find exciting is that many of them are still having an impact,” Prue says. “For example, eRaced started as a Heywire idea and now children across south east Queensland schools are learning about racism from two Sudanese refugees.”
Prue attended the Heywire Youth Summit in February, and having heard the stories behind this year’s ideas first-hand, she says it is very important that these eight ideas are implemented far and wide, and encourages all those wanting to help rural and regional youth to consider becoming a partner in this program.