Youth Engagement Scheme projects

We say YES! to sport and recreation projects targeting disengaged youth

The Youth Engagement Scheme supports local governments and not-for-profit organisations to deliver sport and active recreation-based programs targeting disengaged youth.

The scheme enables and encourages them to connect with their communities through a range of sport and active recreation activities, personal development workshops and leadership/volunteering opportunities.

YES projects 2015/16

Successful 2017 applicants

City of Armadale – Ignite Basketball

City of Armadale delivers basketball and educational sessions to disengaged young people on Saturday nights. Volunteering, leadership and employment opportunities are available to participants within the program. Participants can also do coaching and officiating accreditations.

Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka – Common Goal

Common Goal targets vulnerable and socially and financially disadvantaged young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the Mirrabooka area, encouraging them be part of an afternoon soccer program once a week. A partnership between the Edmund Rice Centre, Football West, WA Police and the Mirrabooka Mosque, participants have access to leadership training and education opportunities. Those who regularly come to training have access to extension opportunities like coach development, volunteering opportunities, religious and cultural awareness and facilitated entry into mainstream clubs.

Gymnastics Western Australia – FreeG

Gymnastics WA, in partnership with the Western Australian Police and Community Youth Centres, have designed a project using a new gymnastics program called FreeG. Fusing traditional gymnastics and acrobatics tricks, the FreeG program will run in Rockingham on Friday and Saturday evenings. Coaching accreditations will be available to participants.

Lifting Horizons – Night Hoops

The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project sees four basketball tournaments in Midland and Fremantle/Cockburn on Saturday nights during 2017. Sessions include an educational workshop and basketball skills session. Youth workers and local volunteers will be present at each of the sessions.

Shire of Derby West Kimberley – Derby Youth Boxing Academy

This project will establish a boxing and fitness program in Derby that encourages disengaged young people to increase their participation in healthy community sporting activities. Classes will be delivered in two distinct streams – boxing for fitness and competitive boxing – and run mainly at night. Shire staff, locals and selected program participants will also have the opportunity to gain sport and recreation qualifications.

South Coast Natural Resource Management – Strong and Proud, Wumbudin Koul-yee-rah

This after school program provides disengaged Aboriginal youth with the opportunity to participate in sport and active recreation, cultural and environmental activities with the assistance of mentors and Aboriginal Elders. The program has been developed around the six Noongar seasons and locations where Aboriginal people have traditionally moved. Session will be delivered by various local sport and recreation clubs, encouraging ongoing participation.

West Australian Football Commission – NightFields 2017 Expansion Project

Each NightFields location will feature multiple sports activities delivered in partnership with Western Australian Cricket Association, Netball WA, Basketball WA, Football West and Rugby WA. Centres will operate during relevant local times which may include directly after school or during Thursday and Friday evenings. The project will also aim to build capacity of Aboriginal youth to assist in program delivery and coordination as casual and volunteer staff. Programs will be run in Armadale, Geraldton/Mullewa, Goldfields, Hilton, Kwinana, Narrogin and Nollamara.

Whitelion – SPACE for Youth at Risk – After Hours Service

SPACE for Youth at Risk will work with disengaged young people who are referred into the program by WA Police, Department of Corrective Services and/or Department of Education. The project will use sport and recreation as a tool to engage clients initially and support long term engagement in the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in cultural education to further support meaningful community engagement.

More information

Inclusion Officer
Phone: 08 9492 9700