Youth in charge

A COLONY 47 youth employment program will see 15 young people in the Glenorchy municipality implement a campaign to raise awareness on supporting families that are affected by safety and wellbeing issues.

Colony 47 was chosen to deliver the Backswing program in southern Tasmania as part of the Australian Government’s ‘Empowering YOUth Initiatives’ program.

Backswing coordinator Donovan John Szypura said Backswing was a youth employment program with a “massive difference.”

“A group of young people, aged from 15 to 24-years, will create a campaign around an important community issue and manage the whole program from start to finish,” he said.

“This project will give young people the opportunity to gain important employability skills, as well as demonstrate that young people can make a positive contribution to their community.

“Backswing empowers young Tasmanians by offering a real workplace experience, building each young person’s core skills of work, addressing barriers to employment, creating networks and connecting young talent with local employers, regional organisations and businesses.

“Previous projects have shown that the outcomes are remarkable.”

Two of eight Backswing campaigns have already been successfully delivered in Hobart and the Huon Valley, with the Glenorchy program set to begin on 24 January 2018.

For more information, visit www.backswing.com.au.

Caption: Glenorchy youngster will tackle a prominent local issue as part of Colony 47’s Backswing program.