A Liberal Government will grow the next generation of broadcast journalists with a four-year investment in the successful Student Youth Network (SYN), if elected in November.
Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, said the Student Youth Network was an opportunity for young people from the region and across the state to have their voice heard and gain skills in radio, TV or digital media.
“All young Victorians should have their voices heard which is why a Liberal Government will invest $400,000 over four years to continue the important work of the SYN,” Mr Ramsay said.
“Run by young people, for young people, SYN’s programs help to increase participant’s confidence, social skills and employability through volunteer and training opportunities in metro and regional areas.
“Our investment will ensure its important work to kickstart careers of our young people continues.”
Partner schools in the region include Damascus College Ballarat, Ballarat Grammar and Sacred Heart College Geelong.
SYN offers an industry mentoring program, leadership and professional development opportunities and media training for around 5000 participants each year.
The program’s alumni includes well known radio identities such as Dan Ziffer, Hamish and Andy, Ryan Shelton, Scott Pape and Zan Rowe.
Shadow Minister for Young Victorians Steph Ryan said the Liberal Nationals were proud to have provided the initial support for the program eight years ago. But its funding will lapse this year.
“We are proud to have first recognised the great work done by the Student Youth Network to give young people a voice,” Ms Ryan said.
“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.”