Bank grants for Joondalup and Wanneroo youth groups

Nakisha received support from Youth Futures when she had her babv Arvana.
Nakisha received support from Youth Futures when she had her babv Arvana.

A JOONDALUP not-for-profit organisation has received a $10,000 grant to help young mothers find accommodation.

Youth Futures received funding from the Commonwealth Bank’s staff community fund for its programs.

The organisation supports disadvantaged youth through a variety of homelessness, education and support programs, including ‘Nest’ which provides teenage mothers with accommodation and intensive support over an 18-month period.

Young mum Nakisha obtained help through the Nest program when she had her daughter Arvana.

“Youth Futures provided me and my daughter with support and a house at a time when we had nowhere else to go,” she said. “Now I can focus on going back to school and creating a better life for us.”

Wanneroo’s Mercy Community Services also received $10,000 for its ‘Reconnect’ program, a service for young people aged 12 to 18 to prevent homelessness through sport, health and wellbeing.

The grant will extend its current boxing program for another two school terms, giving disadvantaged youth the chance to focus their energy into a sport that requires discipline, mental strength and respect for others.

“Organisations like Youth Futures, Mercy Community Services and Starz Dance are wholly committed to the wellbeing of young Australians,” Commonwealth Bank WA area manager Narelle Jurss said.

“We are grateful for the generosity of more than 13,000 current and retired staff who donate to the staff community fund to make this possible.”