Secondary students from Croydon Community School and Melba Secondary College have been recognised for their volunteering efforts as part of the Advance program to mark National Student Volunteer Week running from 4-10 August.

Local MP David Hodgett said the Victorian Coalition Government’s Advance program provided opportunities for young people to work with local community partners to develop, plan and undertake volunteering projects.

The Advance program operates in 420 Victorian Government secondary school campuses across the state. Participating schools will this year share in $4.5 million in Coalition Government funding.

“Students at Croydon Community School and Melba Secondary College have been active volunteers and have made a considerable contribution to their local community,” Mr Hodgett said.

“The support the students have provided to the local community has been invaluable and I congratulate the students and their school on their involvement in the Advance program.”
Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said Victorian students have long been active volunteers.

“The work tens of thousands of young people undertake in a voluntary capacity, whether as a coach of a local sporting team, fundraising, helping out at nursing homes, or as members of community organisations, makes an enormous contribution to their communities and deserves recognition,” Mr Smith said.

In 2012, more than 20,000 young Victorians participated in Advance, delivering community projects in areas such as community safety, conservation, art, sport and recreation.

For more information on how to get involved in Advance volunteering go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.