Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson congratulated Brandon McManus from Oxley High School and Thomas Micallef from Walcha Central School for being finalists in the Youth Frontiers program.


Youth Frontiers is a state-wide mentoring program that encourages young people in Years 8 and 9 to use their creativity, passion and determination to make a positive difference in their local community.


Kevin Anderson said the Youth Frontiers program helps unlock the potential of young people.


“Youth Frontiers encourages young people to think outside the box, try different ideas and have the courage to speak up for what they believe in.


“Congratulations to Brandon from Oxley High school on getting involved. He built a vegetable garden at Billabong Clubhouse, a local mental health facility. Clients at Billabong help maintain the vegetable garden and half the produce is donated to local nursing homes.  


“Participating in this project has been great. I was able to help the community, meet new people and learn new skills,” Brandon said.


Mr Anderson said “Thomas Micallef from Walcha Central School was also in Parliament today to receive his award and participated in the Community Harmony section. His project aims to create a partnership between the youth and elderly residents of Walcha. He is to be congratulated for his passion on genuinely trying to help elderly residents.   


 “Youth Frontiers is one of the largest mentoring programs in the entire country. The additional funding will ensure another 1,200 young people across the State will benefit from this valuable program each year.” Mr Anderson concluded.


Since 2015, Youth Frontiers has connected around 3,500 young people with their communities through quality mentoring.


There are eight categories for the community project including Community Harmony, Youth Mental Health, Engaging in Sport, Empowering Young Women, The Centenary of ANZAC, Environment and Conservation, Group Projects, and a General category.


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