Helping young South Australian volunteers with their vocational studies
Grants of up to $3000 will be offered to 50 young South Australians in recognition of their contributions as volunteers.
Volunteers Minister Zoe Bettison said the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards enables recipients to study in their chosen field at a university, TAFE SA or vocational college.
"The State Government wants to attract, recruit and retain more young people into volunteering as the current volunteer population ages," Ms Bettison said.
"This program rewards young volunteers for their efforts, providing support to study in their chosen field."
Ms Bettison said this year's recipients illustrate the diverse range of pursuits young South Australians are volunteering for.
"Organisations that these young people are dedicating themselves to include the CFS, Australian Air Force Cadets, United Nations Youth South Australia, Australian Refugee Association and End Homelessness SA, as well as a range of sporting and community organisations," she said.
"These motivated young people are developing valuable skills and experience that will complement their education and career pathways."
Applicants were assessed on their history of community involvement, current volunteering and continued motivation for volunteering.
Recipients include young people from across metropolitan Adelaide and the regions including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Light and Lower North, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, Murray Mallee, Yorke Peninsula and Mid North.
Recipients of the 2014 Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards included:
- Marziya, 22, from Parafield Gardens, who volunteers at Welcome to Australia. Marziya created The English Tea Project, an informal English language class for migrant women to learn, make friends and socialise. She is vocal about refugee rights and has spoken on television, radio and at events around Australia and will use her scholarship to gain a Bachelor of Law and International Development.
- Daren, 25, from Maylands, who is a volunteer with SA Ambulance Service. Daren volunteers across country stations, supporting regional communities with emergency medical service. His scholarship will support him to study a Bachelor of Paramedic Science at Flinders University.
- Erin, 17, from Kingscote, who will use her scholarship to pursue studies in psychological science. Erin is the secretary of the Emu Bay Progress Association. She also advocates for young people and participates in a wide range of community education activities on Kangaroo Island.