By Danielle Kutchel
The City of Casey is set to establish a Young Women’s Leadership program, thanks to more than $75,000 in support received through a state government Brighter Futures Grant.
The VicHealth initiative supports programs that help young people develop the skills and connections they need to manage life’s challenges, with six Victorian councils sharing in more than $500,000 in funding.
The City of Casey will be mentored by Monash City Council, which previously rolled out the Young Women’s Leadership program.
This program will be developed to ensure that local women are actively engaged and valued by their community and will assist them to build their sense of importance and connectedness to their friends, family and the community.
Council’s Youth Services team will engage young women to take part in the program, which will be delivered weekly over a ten-week period, providing guidance and facilitated workshops.
The Brighter Futures Grant will enable the recruitment of a dedicated youth worker to facilitate the program and support young women across the municipality.
It is estimated that recruitment for the new youth worker will begin in July 2019, after which the program will be rolled out.