Emily Gough has her sight set on assisting youth in the area, and Cobram Community Health has welcomed her as their new youth facilitator.By Jemima Lewis
Ms Gough grew up in Cobram and studied youth work at RMIT University in Melbourne.
‘‘I came back because I was offered a position as student wellbeing officer at Cobram Secondary College as a maternity leave contract,’’ she said.
Ms Gough is currently working in this role two days a week at both Cobram Secondary College and St Joseph’s Primary.
She will be at Cobram Community House every Friday.
Ms Gough is excited to bring new programs, and funding opportunities, to the youth in Cobram.
‘‘Youth Foundation is offering money — there’s a fund for Cobram just sitting there,’’ she said.
‘‘Because of our location we can’t offer opportunities to celebrate kids’ talents — nobody is doing anything partly because of money.’’
Cobram Community Enterprise is the major fund provider for Youth Foundation.
‘‘It’s another one to add to the many groups they support — the difference is this is only for young people,’’ Ms Gough said.
Ms Gough said that as a young person working with fellow young people she sees the issues Cobram youth face.
‘‘In the short term — we are isolated; there is nothing to do.
‘‘Boredom is a key issue — I’m bored here unless I’m working.
‘‘From the kids I do know there are plenty of them out there with big passions.
‘‘Grown-ups see kids chilling out the front of Maccas and it casts a negative light, however you see them in school and there are some insanely talented young people.’’
Young people with ideas in the area are encouraged to contact Cobram Community Health’s new youth facilitator.
‘‘Youth Foundation is by youth, for youth — I’m just supporting them,’’ Ms Gough said.
‘‘I want them to ring up, address needs and fill out grant applications.
‘‘We want their ideas — yes I’m asking them to contribute by putting it together but at the end of the day we have got the money — it’s a question of what do you want to do with it and that’s really exciting.’’
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