ON A ROLL: The Yamba skate park is just one of the places youngsters can participate in activities.
ON A ROLL: The Yamba skate park is just one of the places youngsters can participate in activities.

No excuse for Clarence youths to not keep busy

CLARENCE Valley youth will have a chock-a-block schedule this Easter, as activities continue to fill the diary.

Out of the Box programs will continue into the school holidays and with Youth Week to kick off this Saturday, it's all systems go for Valley youngsters.

Despite federal funding for the Eyes Wide program ceasing in June this year, recurrent funding for youth programs to be run from the Out of the Box infrastructure as well as ongoing funding for youth development, Youth Week activities and youth committees will continue.

Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill said youth programs were a high priority on the council's list.

"Council acknowledges the important role young people play in creating a diverse and vibrant community," Mr Greensill said.

"In the last five years, council has secured over $2,250,000 of state and federal funding for youth programs and infrastructure.

"In addition to external funding, the council makes a substantial financial commitment of approximately $100,000 per year for the operations of the Out of the Box infrastructure, youth committees, youth and sector development."

Mr Greensill said the council would continue to operate the Out of the Box workshops throughout the year, with a focus on school holiday periods.

The Eyes Wide program is currently going through independent evaluation to gauge its success but Mr Greensill said he was pleased with the youth participation.

"The messaging around harm minimisation and excessive alcohol consumption has been developed by young people for young people and has been well received," he said.



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