This fund was established in 1972 to help disadvantaged youth achieve their goals in education, sport and cultural activities where their financial situation would not allow them to do so. This fund is locally managed and assists youth based on merit and dedication. Below is a testimonial from Michael. He is just one of the young people that the FNQ Youth Assistance fund has benefited.

“I was very grateful to be the recipient of a grant from the Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund, to assist me to pay my enrolment fee of $795 for my certificate II in Hospitality and Tourism course.

I live independently and am responsible for the payment of all my living expenses, school fees, cost of excursions uniforms, books etc. I have a strong desire to make hospitality my future career, but I was unable to afford the cost of this course. The grant from your organisation relieved a heavy financial burden for me and has allowed me to pursue my career aspirations of completing my certificate II in Hospitality. I have managed to secure a school-based traineeship with a local restaurant during which I have completed my certificate III in hospitality. This has put me in a great position to either further my studies in this area or acquire full or part time work while I study to get additional qualifications. Eventually I would like to be a chef and own my own restaurant. “

Michael from Innisfail, 19th Feb 2018.

The FNQ Emergency Services Association set up a bursary with FNQ Youth Assistance Fund to help Project Booyah. ‘Project Booyah’, which translates to an expression for ‘joy, excitement or triumph’, is a police run leadership and mentor program that utilises adventure based learning, decision making/problem solving exercises, resilience training, policing strategies and family inclusive principles to help young people aged 15-16 years make better life choices! The aim of Project Booyah is to provide a structured strength based program that incorporates respect; developing vocational pathways, employability skillsets, and adventure based activities aimed to enhance the protective factors of youth, encouraging a connection with family, community and culture.