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4 January 2017: YACVic is delighted with the Andrews Government’s announcement of this year’s Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Grants recipients.

Administered in partnership with YACVic, the HEY Grants initiative aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) young people.

Thirteen community groups will receive grants of up to $10,000 for innovative projects that support SSASGD young people, including social support and activity groups, information and peer support. Congratulations to all!

Check out the State Government’s media release and the list of 2016-17 recipients below.

pdf HEY Grants 2016_17 media release and funding recipients (600 KB)


Coburg High School - $10,000. ‘Stand Out More’ is an initiative where student groups in Moreland will participate in a peer leadership program that aims to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in public speaking, project planning, mentoring, teen mental health first aid and advocacy.

Melba Support Services - $10,000. A series of forums for young people who have physical/intellectual disabilities and identify as SSASGD. The goal is to better understand the needs of SSASGD people, and how they can be supported by disability service providers.

headspace Mildura - $10,000. A range of community awareness activities developed and implemented by the ‘Alphabet Soup’ group, information displays, sessions and workshops throughout the community to increase knowledge and awareness of the issues, concerns and needs SSASGD young people face.

Swan Hill District Health - $10,000. Local social support group to improve social connection to community, and community awareness campaigns to celebrate diversity, raise awareness of discrimination and promote inclusion in an area with minimal access to SSASGD support services.

Glenelg Shire Council - $10,000. Employment of a support worker to coordinate production, promotion and distribution of rural/remote SSASGD short films and launch of the short films during mental health week October 2017.

Yarra Ranges City Council - $10,000. Two social support programs across different locations in the Yarra Ranges: social support program for young people aged 14-18 who identify as SSASGD in Yarra Junction, and for SSASGD young people from 16-25 years at Lilydale Lakeside to engage the student population of Box Hill Institute and neighbouring secondary schools.

Rainbow Connections - $5,000. A youth and family group facilitated by a parent volunteer. The grant will maintain the group and increase the capacity to provide support, advocacy and referrals.

Little Box of Pride - $10,000. When a young person comes out, their friend or family member can order a free Little Box of Pride, which will contain resources that will guide and celebrate their identities, along with providing them and their families with valuable information and support.

Queer Youth Online - $8,500. Queer Youth Online will work with a young, SSASGD multimedia professional (under 25) to train 10-15 SSASGD young people in film, media, social media and SSASGD advocacy.

QTIPOC Network - $5,000. A series of workshops/events to be run over the summer period with support from Schoolhouse Studios and Alterity Collective.

WRITEBACKATCHA - $5,000. A write-back service whereby queer and questioning young people can contact SSASGD people like them, and the organisation of young volunteers will respond with support. This is not intended to be a crisis service.

Colour Tongues - $5,000. Bridgemeals is a monthly community building event created to provide dinner for LGBTQA+ newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers under 25 years. The event will encourage story-telling to foster social connectedness and inclusion.

Rainbow Eagles - $4,700. Voluntary young people from La Trobe University will be trained to become peer mental health support volunteers, or ‘Queer Peers’. Volunteers will receive professional training in SSASGD and work with headspace’s Schools Outreach program.

YACVic has a number of partner agencies. For more information click on the logos below.

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