The Government has announced a $55,000 investment into three youth development initiatives expected to affect almost 500 people.
The Shakespeare Global Centre NZ and UN Youth Aotearoa NZ will both receive $10,000 each, while the Massey University Financial Education and Research Centre will receive $35,000.
"This is about increasing the number of youth development opportunities available to young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds," says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.
Ms Kaye expects overall funds targeting disadvantaged youth to increase from 18 to 30 percent.
"We have amazing young people in New Zealand with unlimited potential. It's important we support them to realise this potential, whether through mentoring, volunteering, sport, leadership or cultural activities, and that we recognise the contribution they make to society," she says.
The funding will go toward the following areas: