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JumpStart! sets 68k young people up for a healthy future

10 Apr 2023
Media Release 2 min read
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VicHealth is partnering with community groups and organisations across Victoria to give 180 local ideas a JumpStart! in creating vibrant, active and connected communities of young people.

VicHealth is partnering with community groups and organisations across Victoria to give 180 local ideas a JumpStart! in creating vibrant, active and connected communities of young people. 


JumpStart! is a VicHealth initiative focused on building healthier communities through community sport, active play, art and food programs. It’s part of VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative – a $45 million investment over 3 years helping Victoria’s young people aged 0-25 and their families to build back better and fairer.


As part of JumpStart! Round 2, local organisations across the state will share in more than $3.5 million to build communities that support the health of young people. 


Victorian Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas said the new JumpStart! programs are all about supporting the health of young people. 

“The 180 new JumpStart! ideas give young people and their families right across Victoria the chance to give fun new activities or sports a try, learn a new skill and connect with others in their community. 

“I urge all young people and their families to get involved with the free JumpStart! activities kicking off in their local community.” 


VicHealth’s Executive Manager Future Healthy Group, Sarah Loh, said the exciting programs will support children, teens, young people and their families to reach their full health potential.


“JumpStart! Round 2 will offer new activities for around 68,000 children and young people across Victoria. We’re reaching far and wide across the state – from monster-themed dance workshops in Castlemaine to circus skills in St Albans and cultural food tastings in West Heidelberg – there’s something here for everyone,” Ms Loh said.


“We can’t wait to see these programs come to life over the next 12 months.”


Among the new Jumpstart! ideas is Life Saving Victoria’s Welcome to Australia, Welcome to Water swimming and aquatic safety program for kids and teens from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 


Life Saving Victoria General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, David Holland said the 10-week program will teach young people about water safety and swimming, while making friends and getting active.


“Life Saving Victoria is grateful for the VicHealth JumpStart! grant that will support our programs to provide critical water safety education to over 220 young people from diverse backgrounds across Melbourne.


“Following a substantial increase in some of the worst fatal drownings, our fun and social programs will increase physical activity, connect communities and build confidence for people to swim in pools and waterways across Victoria."


About Jumpstart!

JumpStart! Is a major investment in VicHealth’s Future Healthy initiative.

JumpStart! Round 1 and Round 2 combined have supported a total of more than 300 projects with a share of just over $7.25million right across the state.

To find JumpStart! activities near you, visit 

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