Fine wood crafting, ballet and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities are among the dreams and careers being pursued by the recipients of the 2012 Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants Program announced today.
ACT Minister for Women Joy Burch said the grants program provides funding of up to $2,000 for young women between the ages of 13 and 18 years to develop their skills and to enhance their knowledge in their chosen career path.
"The Audrey Fagan Young Women's Enrichment Grants has proved to be a great boost in allowing young women and girls to achieve their goals," Ms Burch said.
"This year's seven recipients once again cover a huge range of professions and careers and I wish each of them the best with their dreams."
One of this year's recipients has begun crafting her career in the non- traditional women's trade of cine wood crafting and has recently had a piece of her work displayed in the foyer of the Belconnen Arts Gallery.
Other successful applicants for 2012 included a ballerina, who is striving to achieve a full time placement in a ballet program and a passionate disability advocate who is aiming to further educate her school peers on issues surrounding women with disabilities.
Ms Burch also announced two one-off initiatives under the Audrey Fagan Scholarships Program. The first will see a team of safety auditors to assist planners understand and address issues to improve personal safety for women in a physical environment. The second - a financial literacy program that would provide ACT women with information and the confidence to achieve financial security for their retirement.
"These two initiatives will make a real difference to real issues facing women in the ACT and I look forward to providing the community with more details as they become available."
For more information on the grants and scholarship programs visitwww.women.act.gov.au
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