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Youth Music Venture (YMV) has been nominated in the Queensland Volunteering Awards for its work in offering a safe place for young people to learn, make friends, build networks and entertain themselves through music.
Founded in 2010, YMV is a music-based initiative that focusses on reaching at-risk and disengaged youth by inviting them into bands, building mentoring relationships and organising an often sold-out musical showcase on the Gold Coast.
YMV also works to raise the confidence and self-esteem of the young people coming through their doors.
Michael McCartney, head musical mentor at YMV, noted that the program has been offering a safe place for youth to connect through non-competitive recreation since it began.
“Where many community ventures start out well, but too often fail in their first few years, the YMV has only grown from strength to strength, due to the leadership and infrastructure put in place by its founder and president, Ian Grace,” Mr McCartney said.
“Due to the relationships with police, at-risk youth, disability organisations and other community groups, this group has served as a neutral operation, without a disadvantaged entry point, allowing anyone to attend, while acting as a ‘safety net’ to referring agencies – and with powerful outcomes.
“Many volunteers have been with the organisation since its inception.”
CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Queensland Volunteering Awards acknowledged the extraordinary and valuable work completed every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.
“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities,” Ms Basanovic said.
“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”
Nominations close 31 March 2017. Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, running from 8-14 May 2017.
Do you know a deserving volunteer, volunteer program or organisation that has positively impacted the Queensland community? If so, nominate them for the Queensland Volunteering Awards 2017.
Read some more stories of our amazing nominees.