The Liverpool Street University has scored a $119,742 grant to build a sound studio, a new kitchen and deck.
The State Member for Menai, Melanie Gibbons, joined Street University campus manager Delise Kerehona earlier this week to announce details of the grant.
“The grant will be used in the construction of a new music production studio to enable the Street University clients to create professional audio tracks used in community events, which I know they are very excited about,” Ms Gibbons said.
“I know from past visits to Liverpool Street University that their music workshops play an important part in encouraging self expression and help to build confidence in these young people,” Ms Gibbons said.
“The Street University targets marginalised young people through a range of recreation, cultural and educational events and workshops with the aim of reconnecting them into society, building skills and confidence and reducing crime,” Ms Kerehona said.
“The availability of a professional studio will significantly enhance our current programs and lead to increased participation by young people in the community,” Ms Kerehona said.
“I look forward to hearing the results of the new production studio once it is completed – maybe we will discover a few future superstars.”
The Street University is a youth development project created by the Ted Noffs Foundation which provides various community based services and interactive spaces for people aged 12 – 25.
“Liverpool Street University will also be building a new outdoor deck and will undertake kitchen renovations for use in community barbecues and events,” Ms Gibbons said.
The funding will also go towards supporting the social enterprise, Street University Clothing, through creating new window displays.
“The Street University is more than a drop in centre for young people – it also has a strong community focus and I am pleased to be able to support their important work with this grant,” Ms Gibbons said.
“This is an incredible windfall for such an inspiring organisation and I know each one of these projects will be an asset to the youth in our community,” Ms Gibbons said.