Our 2016/17 $100,000 Grant Winners are:

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES ASSOCIATION (SA) $100,000
BACKPACKS FOR SA KIDS $100,000
In 2016/17 we are awarded $20,000 to each of our runners up and they are:
MOSH $20,000
OPERATIONS FLINDERS $20,000
Click here to watch the 2017 channel 7 News update and summary for the year, featuring our newest Ambassador, Jane Doyle!
https://youtu.be/7VRt6Cbhsac
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES ASSOCIATION (SA)
Established in 1997, Youth Opportunities, as the name suggests, work with young people who are disengaged or at risk of being disengaged from school, family or work. They do this through a program delivered in schools to Year 10 students called Positive Empowerment Programs. With the $100,000 that they have won on 11th May 2017 Youth Opportunities will train Mt Gambier teachers and community members to deliver the program in schools and aim to specifically address unemployment, living in poverty, mental health and rates of suicide. The project will be measured by participants social and emotional well-being.  Youth Opportunities work in partnerships with schools who part fund the program.
BACKPACKS 4 SA KIDS
Backpacks was established in 2013 when they produced 564 backpacks for children in need. Backpacks provides children and young adults that are placed in emergency accommodation with a backpack of essential items including: clothing, toiletries, comfort items, educational toys, etc that are age and gender specific. The packs are aimed at alleviating the stress of an already stressful situation for youths.  They are contacted by many services such as Families SA, Domestic violence shelters, foster parents, refugee organizations, etc.
Backpacks, with the $100,000 grant that they won on 11th May 2017 will put all of the money towards filling the backpacks which is estimated at around $100/bag.  1000 young adults will receive specialised bags over an 18 month period.  They will use existing infrastructure like workers, volunteers and warehousing to assist in this project which enables the full $100,000 go towards the bags and youth who need them.
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