YMCA named lead body in youth space

The Young Men's Christian Association has been appointed the lead organisation for the much-anticipated Latrobe Youth Space.

The centre will be run in partnership with a consortium of nine other organisations funded by the state government $4.3 million over three years.

The YMCA will receive more than $2.2 million over two years to support infrastructure and equipment costs as well as manage Youth Space Latrobe to provide a range of activities and services to meet the needs of young people in the community.

With a location to be announced in the comings weeks, YMCA general manager youth services James Wynd said the space would be youth-led.

"Our vision is to continue to empower the young people who have been part of the co-design team to bring their vision to life," he said.

Mr Wynd said a youth governance team would be put together to work in partnership with the consortium to "guide the vision along".

"It is about the young people coming up with the design, bringing them to the table to bring it to life," he said.

The consortium will form a committee of management and Mr Wynd said roles would be equal with a "real partnership approach".

The Youth Space Latrobe consortia consists of Berry Street, Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning and Employment Network, Scouts Victoria, Quantum Support Services, Latrobe Youth Voices, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, the Gathering Place, AGL Loy Yang and Gipps Sport, led by the YMCA.

For more information about Youth Space Latrobe, visit lva.vic.gov.au/youth-space-latrobe/.

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