ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

In February 2013, thirty-two young people from regional and rural Australia gathered in Canberra for the annual Heywire Regional Youth Summit. Together they shared their views on issues that matter to them and collaborated to refine and develop seven ideas to improve the lives of young Australians.

In an exciting new initiative aimed at making these ideas a reality, FRRR partnered with ABC Radio to launch the inaugural FRRR/ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants. The grant program offered funding of up to $10,000 to assist communities to adopt and pilot the Heywire Summit ideas.

The ideas range from a body image campaign called Fresh Face Friday, to youth-led mental health workshops in high schools, to an innovative drink-driving campaign.

FRRR called for applications to the program at the end of the 2012/13 financial year, and funding was awarded in July 2013. The level of enthusiasm and innovation among participants in this program is commendable, and one of our priorities is to keep this program as a part of our annual calendar.