Funds bring youth opportunities

City of Mandurah Youth Development Officer Alisha Williams with previous funding recipients Hafi Khan and Melissa Lee.
City of Mandurah Youth Development Officer Alisha Williams with previous funding recipients Hafi Khan and Melissa Lee.

As part of the new City of Mandurah Youth Strategy, a dedicated funding allocation of $5000 per year will be available for young people looking to pursue these opportunities.

Mandurah residents aged 11-25 can apply for funding up to $200 to be used for endeavours which focus on leadership or humanitarian activities, or in conjunction with academic scholarships.

Past recipients used the money for opportunities, including leadership camps, a university placement program in Washington DC and helping schools and orphanages in Cambodia.

Year 12 John Tonkin College student Hafi Khan used his funding for an expedition to Cambodia in 2014 with classmates. While there, the group visited and made donations to orphanages.

Hafi�s volunteer work in Cambodia included helping to establish a residential school and orphanage called Honor Village Cambodia, and supplying it with stationery, laptops and other vital resources.

�It was a journey of a few days with memories of a lifetime,� he said.

The notion of giving back to the community and how much difference one person can make will also remain alive and progressive in me.

Year 8 student Melissa Lee used her funding towards a Youth on Leadership camp in the July school holidays.

Go to mandurah.wa.gov.au or contact the Youth Development Officer at youthdevelopment@mandurah.wa.gov.au or 9550 3670.