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 2018 applicants

Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka Inc. – Common Goal

Common Goal is a program that utilises soccer as a vehicle to engage and develop young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The program delivers a soccer academy operating next to a local mosque for young people between 8-18 years, male or female. A key outcome is the focus of building social cohesion between Muslim and non-Muslim communities, and improving interactions between CaLD youth and WA Police to reduce social isolation.

PCYC Roebourne – Sports Activity Coordinator

The project will employ a local aboriginal Sport and Recreation Coordinator to provide sport and recreation opportunities each week for children, young people and the wider Roebourne community at the Roebourne PCYC Centre and the Roebourne Sporting Precinct. Linked to the Roebourne Community Activation Plan the project will address the current and future needs of community sport within the town of Roebourne. One of the key strategies will require the Sports Activity Coordinator to develop appropriate strategies to build on the capacity of participants and volunteers engaged in the project.

City of Armadale – AYIP Holiday Program

The Armadale Youth Intervention Partnership (AYIP) is an intervention strategy that engages seven young people in the community who have been identified by WA Police, schools and partners as having "severe complex needs". The content of the program will involve community work or an alternative education session each morning followed by a sport and recreation component in the afternoon. At the end of the four weeks, the youth worker will continue to work with them for a year and link in with AYIP partnerships to build a tailor-made educational support plan.

Garduwa Amboorny Wirnan – Strong Mind Strong Game

The program will develop a new model of delivering mental health education and resilience building to disadvantaged and at risk young people through the engagement in sport. The target group for this pilot program is young females aged 12-18 years who have not had the support, confidence and resources to engage in local sport or recreation opportunities and who have been difficult to engage in mental health education or support. The program commences in April 2018 as it takes place in the lead up to the start of the West Kimberley Women’s Football League Season and National Youth Week in 2018.

South Coast Natural Resource Management – Strong & Proud Wumbudin Kool-yee-rah

The culturally appropriate activities within this program connect young people (11-17 years) to their culture and country in partnership with several agencies and organisations. The Strong and Proud program has been developed around the six Noongar seasons and locations where Aboriginal people would have traditionally moved, this provides a focus for activities each semester. The program involves youth in sport and active recreation, cultural and environmental activities with the assistance of mentors and Aboriginal Elders.

Lifting Horizons – Night Hoops

The project is proven, hands on, program for at risk young people aged 12-18 years that incorporates the positive engagement of a basketball tournament with life skills for workshops for at-risk youth. Each tournament will cater for up to 72 participants and will offer them an opportunity to connect with local volunteers and provide them with pathways to organised sport participation and broader positive engagement with society. Night Hoops is delivered with support from youth workers on Saturday evenings which is a high risk time determined by local policing teams and stakeholders in the youth sector.

West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) – Nightfields

Nightfields will engage disengaged youth aged 8-18 years at targeted locations which will deliver sports based activities with the longer-term aim of supporting youth into positive lifestyles with sports, education, training and employment pathways. The project will be led by the WAFC and supported by the establishment of a project steering group and local steering groups based in the targeted locations. Steering group members will include the WA Police, Department of Child Protection, State Sporting Associations, Department of Education, youth service organisations and targeted community members.

Swan City Youth Service – Midland Mountain Biking

The program will target ten highly at risk young people aged 12-18 years within Midland and surrounding suburbs and will be delivered at two different sites including Swan City Youth Service and the Kalamunda Mountain Bike Circuit. Participants will be engaged in skill development during the six week program, and rebuild a recycled bike to keep and one to give to charity at the end of the 10 week program, during the period of the program participants will be exposed to mentoring and support from youth workers.

White Lion Youth Agency – Ballajura Engagement Project

The Ballajura Engagement Project is targeting young people between 11-18 years, the program will consist of Friday night basketball competitions and workshops held at the Dungeon Youth Centre while incorporating physical activity with leadership, team building, connections with sporting clubs as well as nutrition. White Lion will develop strong partnerships and referral pathways through engagement with local WA Police Youth Crime Intervention Officers.

Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation – Night Fields

The Nightfields project will provide sporting options for young at-risk people, targeting but not exclusive to Aboriginal youth between ages 8-18 years old with the main aim to decrease anti-social behaviour within the community. Implementation would be in line with common identified problem Thursday and Fridays evenings with participants participating in a multisport program, in addition, capacity building opportunities will include umpiring, coaching and first aid for participants.

Outback Academy Australia Red Dust Heeler – Wheeling and Healing

This funding will enable the Red Dust Heelers leadership team to facilitate community visits for all abilities sports and Wheeling and Healing Yarning Sessions. As well as using all abilities sports as the primary engagement tool, the program utilises the Heelers personal stories as mode of encouragement. Meetings will be convened with community leaders including youth and service leaders to identify 2-3 sustainable actions for on-going action with Heelers support.

Football West – Street Football

The program will predominately target young people aged 8-18 years from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in low socio-economic areas. Small-sided 3v3 fast-paced games will provide a flexible active activity while incorporating coaching and refereeing courses, direct mentoring and exposure to community service organisations.

Youth Involvement Council – YIC Dance Crew

The Youth Involvement Council (YIC) will deliver a dance program during terms 1 and 2 of 2018 in preparation for the Hedland's Got Talent Competition. A key objective is to upskill members of the dance group that will go on to teach and train to provide a level of sustainability to the program.

Fury Basketball Club – Basket Blitz Night Basketball

Night Basketball is a basketball based program for at-risk young people aged 13-18 years that provides an opportunity to compete in an eight-week tournament on Saturday nights. The provides young people with opportunities to establish connections with local volunteers, police, service providers and addresses a current gap in service provision, by providing an after-hours service to local young people, many of whom are at risk of anti-social behaviour.

More information

Inclusion Officer
Telephone 08 9492 9700