Ladder awarded $10,000 ENGAGE grant to support Geelong youth

Staff and young people from the Ladder Geelong program have graciously accepted a $10,000 grant from ENGAGE - a youth philanthropy program of the Give Where You Live Foundation who work in partnership with Barwon Child, Youth & Family and Gforce Employment Solutions.

In its first year, ENGAGE - made up of 12 diverse young people who work with partner organisations - identified 'the effects of youth homelessness' as the issue they wanted to address for the year ahead. ENGAGE awarded grants to assist organisations that are seeking to impact the effects of youth homelessness.

Victorian State Manager, Sarah Bourke who was present to accept the cheque, said the $10,000 grant was awarded to Ladder to expand its health and wellbeing programs offered in Geelong.

"This grant will allow us to build on our health and wellbeing programs for young people in the region who have experienced or are at-risk of homelessness.

"As part of a new program, we will work with the young people and explore respectful relationships, sexual health, mindfulness and music and art therapy.

"For many of the young people in our program, they have never had an opportunity to learn about these topics at school or from a family member.

"This grant means we can now provide this program and ensure that young people are informed on these critical topics.

"Thank you to ENGAGE, the Give Where You Live Foundation, Barwon Child, Youth & Family and Gforce Employment Solutions for their commitment to helping young people in the Geelong region who have experienced homelessness get back on their feet," Ms Bourke said.

To find out more about Ladder's program in Geelong, click here.