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Youth Projects Wins Long-Term Unemployment Award

Youth Projects Wins Long-Term Unemployment Award

CoAct is delighted to announce that Melbourne-based member, Youth Projects, has been named the winner of the 2016 Youth Employment Award at the Long-Term Unemployment Conference.

The Awards aim to recognise individuals and organisations for their continuous work and commitment to long-term unemployment while highlighting the excellence, dedication and achievements within the Employment Industry.

Wendy Caspar, Executive Manager Employment Services at Youth Projects, was on hand to collect the award and said it was tremendous recognition for the whole team.

“One of the things that I believe makes Youth Projects different is that we choose to work with those people who are often excluded from social enterprise programs because they’re ‘too difficult’,” said Wendy. “We do this by addressing multiple, related problems together, in one place, through what we call our ‘One Youth Projects’ approach. By providing support services in collaboration with employment and other social services, we are able to establish the right foundations for job seekers to find help and feel inspired to learn, take risks, prepare for lifelong learning and develop competitive job skills.”

CoAct CEO, Matt Little, congratulated Youth Projects on the win, and highlighted the value of the organisation’s social enterprise approach:

“Youth Project’s Good2Go coffee outlet and retail store is a fantastic initiative and is yielding real results for Melbourne’s young long-term unemployed. It is wonderful to see this work being recognised nationally through these awards.”

For more information about Good2Go or Youth Projects, visit  


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