Young Victorians Policy 2018 Student Youth Network

Victorian young people to have a voice on radio under Liberal Nationals

10 September 2018

Victoria’s Student Youth Network will receive funding to give more young people a voice under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

Shadow Minister for Young Victorians and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has announced today an elected Liberal Nationals Government will provide the program $400,000 over the next four years to support mentoring, leadership and media training programs for young Victorians.

For years SYN has successfully trained young people in radio, TV and digital media.

Run by young people, for young people, the program offers an industry mentoring program, leadership and professional development opportunities and media training for around 5000 participants each year.

SYN’s programs help to increase participant’s confidence, social skills and employability through volunteer and training opportunities in both metro and regional areas.

In 2010, the former Liberal Nationals Government provided funding to SYN FM to assist them to train more young people in radio and to give young people a voice on air.

The program’s alumni include well known radio identities such as Dan Ziffer, Hamish and Andy, Ryan Shelton, Scott Pape and Zan Rowe.

Funding for the program, which has now been running for eight years, will lapse this year.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Young Victorians Steph Ryan

Victoria’s young people are the future of our state. We want to give them a platform to share their ideas and be heard.

The Student Youth Network gives young people a chance to learn invaluable skills and share their stories.

SYN’s mentoring program has become a successful staple of the organisation’s work, with one in three mentees finding paid employment in the media industry while participating in the program.

Our support for SYN will help increase youth participation in regional radio stations and provide training to help young people develop their skills.

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