New Musical Program Launched for Blacktown Youth

Minister responsible for Youth Ray Williams, Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor, and Member for Riverstone Kevin Connolly today visited PCYC Blacktown to announce $50,000 towards the Reaching Your Dreams Through Music project.

Mr Taylor said Reaching Your Dreams Through Music will support more than 60 young people from Western Sydney to enhance their musical talent.

“I am thrilled young people from our local community will be selected at ‘open mic nights’ at PCYC Blacktown to be mentored by experienced music producers and vocal coaches to develop their musical talent and leadership skills,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Connolly said the young people selected will produce a 15-track compilation, including a collaboration track and music video.

“I look forward to hearing the final musical compilation. I encourage young people across Western Sydney to sign up for the ‘open mic nights’ and be part of the project,” Mr Connolly said.

PCYC CEO Dominic Teakle said he was grateful for the NSW Government funding.

“PCYC’s mission is to get young people active in life and the Reaching Your Dreams Through Music project is one example of this. The program will not only allow young people to build on their performance skills, but to also develop life skills like communication, problem solving and leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a Certificate 1 in active volunteering and join PCYC’s Blue Star leadership program, while having an outlet to express themselves,” Mr Teakle said.

Mr Williams said the NSW Government is committed to supporting youth to reach their goals and thrive in the local community.

“Youth Opportunities allows young people to gain a range of skills, including event management, marketing skills, public speaking skills and leadership skills.”

Since the program launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $10.4 million in funding to 212 projects across NSW. For more information about Youth Opportunities, visit: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/

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