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MEDIA RELEASE - Youth program recognised as state's best

1 October 2018

A Glenelg Shire youth-led mental health awareness initiative has won state-wide recognition at the inaugural Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) Rural Youth Awards held yesterday.

Youth Live4Life, a health promotion initiative currently rolled out in the Glenelg Shire, Macedon Ranges and Benalla regions, won the award for Innovative youth projects or programs in rural or regional Victoria.

Glenelg Shire director community services Edith Farrell said the award highlighted council’s effective approach to youth engagement and participation.

“Live4Life Glenelg was introduced in 2017 to help increase the mental health knowledge of local youth and has been incredibly successful in such a short amount of time, which is largely due to the support of the local community,” she said.

“In just the first 12 months of the initiative being rolled out, more than 33 per cent of all enrolled secondary school students from across the shire received teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, well and truly exceeding our expectations.

“As the initiative continues to go from strength to strength, I look forward to seeing what further milestones we achieve as we support, improve and invest in young people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Lee Anne Nelson, youth resource officer from Victoria Police based within the Glenelg Shire, was also recognised at the award ceremony, receiving the top prize for Youth workers making a difference in rural or regional Victoria.

“We also congratulate Lee Anne for her well-deserved award which recognises all of her hard work and dedication in inspiring change for young people living in the region,” she said.

“For projects and people in the Glenelg Shire to win two out of the three award categories is a testament to the success of the innovative investments in our rural youth sector.”

The YACVic Rural Youth Awards aim to shine a spotlight on rural and regional Victoria and celebrate the programs and the people who are working to promote better outcomes for young people.

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