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MyState Foundation announces 2017 grant recipients

 

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The MyState Foundation has announced 11 not-for-profit organisations supporting Tasmanian youth as beneficiaries of its 2017 community grants, sharing in $85,512.

The Geeveston Community Centre, Reclink Australia, Camp Quality, The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children, Brave Foundation, Hobart PCYC, Bridgewater PCYC, Clarence PCYC, Christian Youth Centre, Molenda Lodge and VisAbility are all recipients of the 2017 grants. The Bridgewater Police Citizens’ Youth Club will receive a grant for the ninth time since the Foundations inception, recognising their great work breaking down the barriers for youth and empowering them to reach their potential.

This year’s grants, valued at up to $10,000 per organisation, will support a number of innovative new programs, each aimed at providing young people across Tasmania access to developmental opportunities. These include:

  • The implementation of a hands-on coding and video game creation platform geared towards helping children with autism develop effective social skills.
  • The introduction of a 5 month Aussie Rules football competition, featuring custom uniforms, medals and a Gala Day for 155 children across 6 schools.
  • The installation of a recreation space where local Tasmanian youth can interact and socialise in a comfortable and safe environment, complete with new furniture, televisions and an Xbox One.
  • A support and discussion group for teenagers that are pregnant and/or are parents, aimed at educating and empowering to meet their goals along with meeting their responsibilities to their children.
  • Camping events, support groups and training days that will help disadvantaged children keep up with their less-disadvantaged counterparts.
  • The purchase of a pony that can provide support to young children struggling with trauma as a result of domestic or social dysfunction.

MyState Foundation 2017 grant recipients:

 

Beneficiaries

Amount

Organisation details

Geeveston Community Centre

$10,000.00

The GeCo was established in 1986 to help mitigate the social impacts of the decline in local primary industries. GeCo helps build community capacity by informing people about opportunities available to them, skills development, education and partnering with other local organisations and service providers to maximise community benefit.

The grant will be used to fund a program to improve literacy and numeracy skills, including financial literacy. It will assist with resumes, covering letters and skills to prepare applications and have participants trained and confident to enter the workplace.

Camp Quality

$10,000.00

Camp Quality (CQ) believes every child impacted by cancer should have every opportunity to thrive. CQ provide innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen wellbeing of children aged 0-13 growing up with cancer.

The grant will be used for the East Coast Family Camp and will help fund activities and accommodation at the camp and help families travel to and from the location. The camps are aimed to provide families some quality time together and to meet other families on a similar journey in a fun and relaxed environment. There is a wide range of activities from crafts to archery to plays, it is up to the children to decide what they want to be involved in.

The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children

$10,000.00

The Shepherd Centre has helped thousands of hearing impaired children to learn to listen and speak. The intensive, family centred, early intervention program ensures that children with hearing impairments can reach their full potential.

This will be the third grant to the Shepherd Centre and it will assist in funding the ‘Tassie Talks’ program. This program includes group therapy, including for the first time music therapy, and support networks for both parents and children. This initiative is a first of its kind worldwide, families of deaf children from various locations will be together on screen for therapy and there will be an e-community for parents to share experiences.

Reclink Australia

$9,250.00

Reclink Australia delivers specialist sport, recreation and arts programs for at-risk youth, people with mental illness or disability, people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, and those facing alcohol, gambling and substance addictions.

The grant will be used to fund the Reclink ‘Tasmanian Youth Football Program’, including uniforms, transport, medals and a Grand Final Gala day. It is a round-robin Australian Rules comp to be run across 6 schools with 115 young players for 5 months.

Brave Foundation

$8,978.00

Brave's principal purpose is in the provision of emergency triage services for those facing crisis due to teenage and unplanned pregnancy.

The grant will be used to fund ‘Journey to Destination Workshops for Expecting and Parenting Teens’, including scoping and consultations. The program aims to help expecting and parenting teens be inspired and empowered to access support and continue with, or finish their education, while encouraging their aspirations for a bright and successful future.

Hobart PCYC

$8,839.00

The provision of low cost sporting, recreational, social and cultural programs are conducted in a safe environment for at risk youth and the broader community.

The grant will be used to purchase new gymnastic equipment for the Hobart PCYC Gymnastic Program which is the largest gymnastics provider and the Tasmanian PCYC network. Much of the equipment, due to its popularity is nearing the end of its life and the grant will allow the equipment to be replaced and the program to continue.

Bridgewater PCYC

$8,645.00

PCYC's vision is to provide programs for the benefit of youth and community to lessen young people's involvement with dangerous, criminal or anti-social activities, while creating safe environments and positive relationships with police.

The grant will be used to replace equipment in the rec room including couches, a TV and an Xbox as well as weight gym equipment. Much of the original equipment was purchased using a MyState grant in 2012 and has been heavily used since then, last year in the peak the club average 800 visitors a week.

Clarence PCYC

$5,300.00

Clarence PCYC was established in 1979 and provides social assistance, sporting and recreational programs to assist disadvantaged children, youth and the elderly.

The grant will be used to fund the ‘Youth at Risk Holiday Program’ which aims reduce negative interactions with the police during school holiday periods. The program focuses on team building and participation which includes day trips and activities such as rock climbing, bush walks, visits to National Parks, Hastings Caves and Tahune Air Walk.

Christian Youth Centre

$5,000.00

Rotary aims to provide services to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service above self.

The grant will be used to help fund a camp which runs for 7 days for around 32 people. It is designed to empower and educate young people who are showing leadership skills, they are selected from their community by Rotarians.

Molenda Lodge

$5,000.00

Molenda Lodge provides programs for school referred students of primary and high school age who are experiencing difficulties at school due to inappropriate behaviours that arise from domestic, social or school dysfunction.

The grant will be used to purchase an educated pony of around 13hh for therapy use by primary school children. The program currently has a horse for high school aged students and the pony will be less daunting for smaller children. They can participate with the grooming and caring for the pony to help overcome the effects of trauma, anxiety and depression.

VisAbility

$1,500.00

VisAbility is a leading provider of disability services in Tasmania. Their professional therapy and support services assist people across a range of ages and disabilities in their homes, at school, at work and in the community.

The grant will be used to fund the ‘Bloxel Buddies’ program which aims to help children with high functioning autism develop social skills in a fun, interactive and informative way. Bloxels is a hands-on coding platform where kids can build, collaborate and tell stories through video game creation

 

 

MyState Foundation 2017 grant recipients Beneficiaries Amount Organisation details 
Geeveston Community Centre $10,000.00 
The GeCo was established in 1986 to help mitigate the social impacts of the decline in local primary industries. GeCo helps build community capacity by informing people about opportunities available to them, skills development, education and partnering with other local organisations and service providers to maximise community benefit. 
The grant will be used to fund a program to improve literacy and numeracy skills, including financial literacy. It will assist with resumes, covering letters and skills to prepare applications and have participants trained and confident to enter the workplace. 
Camp Quality $10,000.00 
Camp Quality (CQ) believes every child impacted by cancer should have every opportunity to thrive. CQ provide innovative programs and services to develop life skills and strengthen wellbeing of children aged 0-13 growing up with cancer. 
The grant will be used for the East Coast Family Camp and will help fund activities and accommodation at the camp and help families travel to and from the location. The camps are aimed to provide families some quality time together and to meet other families on a similar journey in a fun and relaxed environment. There is a wide range of activities from crafts to archery to plays, it is up to the children to decide what they want to be involved in. 
The Shepherd Centre for Deaf Children $10,000.00 
The Shepherd Centre has helped thousands of hearing impaired children to learn to listen and speak. The intensive, family centred, early intervention program ensures that children with hearing impairments can reach their full potential. 
This will be the third grant to the Shepherd Centre and it will assist in funding the ‘Tassie Talks’ program. This program includes group therapy, including for the first time music therapy, and support networks for both parents and children. This initiative is a first of its kind worldwide, families of deaf children from various locations will be together on screen for therapy and there will be an e-community for parents to share experiences. 
Reclink Australia $9,250.00 
Reclink Australia delivers specialist sport, recreation and arts programs for at-risk youth, people with mental illness or disability, people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, and those facing alcohol, gambling and substance addictions.  
The grant will be used to fund the Reclink ‘Tasmanian Youth Football Program’, including uniforms, transport, medals and a Grand Final Gala day. It is a round-robin Australian Rules comp to be run across 6 schools with 115 young players for 5 months. 
Brave Foundation $8,978.00 
Brave's principal purpose is in the provision of emergency triage services for those facing crisis due to teenage and unplanned pregnancy. 
The grant will be used to fund ‘Journey to Destination Workshops for Expecting and Parenting Teens’, including scoping and consultations. The program aims to help expecting and parenting teens be inspired and empowered to access support and continue with, or finish their education, while encouraging their aspirations for a bright and successful future. 
 
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Hobart PCYC $8,839.00 
The provision of low cost sporting, recreational, social and cultural programs are conducted in a safe environment for at risk youth and the broader community. 
The grant will be used to purchase new gymnastic equipment for the Hobart PCYC Gymnastic Program which is the largest gymnastics provider and the Tasmanian PCYC network. Much of the equipment, due to its popularity is nearing the end of its life and the grant will allow the equipment to be replaced and the program to continue. 
Bridgewater PCYC $8,645.00 
PCYC's vision is to provide programs for the benefit of youth and community to lessen young people's involvement with dangerous, criminal or anti-social activities, while creating safe environments and positive relationships with police. 
The grant will be used to replace equipment in the rec room including couches, a TV and an Xbox as well as weight gym equipment. Much of the original equipment was purchased using a MyState grant in 2012 and has been heavily used since then, last year in the peak the club average 800 visitors a week.  
Clarence PCYC $5,300.00 
Clarence PCYC was established in 1979 and provides social assistance, sporting and recreational programs to assist disadvantaged children, youth and the elderly.  
The grant will be used to fund the ‘Youth at Risk Holiday Program’ which aims reduce negative interactions with the police during school holiday periods. The program focuses on team building and participation which includes day trips and activities such as rock climbing, bush walks, visits to National Parks, Hastings Caves and Tahune Air Walk. 
Christian Youth Centre $5,000.00 
Rotary aims to provide services to others, to promote high ethical standards and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service above self. 
The grant will be used to help fund a camp which runs for 7 days for around 32 people. It is designed to empower and educate young people who are showing leadership skills, they are selected from their community by Rotarians. 
Molenda Lodge $5,000.00 
Molenda Lodge provides programs for school referred students of primary and high school age who are experiencing difficulties at school due to inappropriate behaviours that arise from domestic, social or school dysfunction. 
The grant will be used to purchase an educated pony of around 13hh for therapy use by primary school children. The program currently has a horse for high school aged students and the pony will be less daunting for smaller children. They can participate with the grooming and caring for the pony to help overcome the effects of trauma, anxiety and depression. 
VisAbility $1,500.00 
VisAbility is a leading provider of disability services in Tasmania. Their professional therapy and support services assist people across a range of ages and disabilities in their homes, at school, at work and in the community. 
The grant will be used to fund the ‘Bloxel Buddies’ program which aims to help children with high functioning autism develop social skills in a fun, interactive and informative way. Bloxels is a hands-on coding platform where kids can build, collaborate and tell stories through video game creation 
 
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