Funding pledge

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla’s students will have the opportunity to get involved with radio, television and digital media if the Liberal Nationals are elected in November’s state election.

State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan recently announced that the Victoria’s Student Youth Network (SYN) would receive $400000 to give more young people a voice under a Liberal Nationals state government.

‘‘Victoria’s young people are the future of our state. We want to give them a platform to share their ideas and be heard,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘The Student Youth Network gives young people a chance to learn invaluable skills and share their stories.

‘‘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.’’

SYN has successfully trained young people in radio, TV and digital media for many years.

Run by young people, for young people, the program offers an industry mentoring program, leadership and professional development opportunities and media training for about 5000 participants each year.

SYN’s programs help to increase participant’s confidence, social skills and employability through volunteer and training opportunities in metro and regional areas.

In 2010, the former Liberal Nationals Government provided funding to SYN FM to assist them to train more young people in radio and to give young people a voice on air.

The program’s alumni include well-known radio identities, such as Dan Ziffer, Hamish and Andy, Ryan Shelton, Scott Pape and Zan Rowe.

Funding for the program, which has now been running for eight years, will lapse this year.