Melbourne City players will help unemployed women in the north-eastern suburbs boost their physical and mental wellbeing as part of a new employment program.

The City Sisters program is run by City and MatchWorks and aims to help unemployed and under-employed women aged between 12-24.

The program was launched in Epping last month.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, youth unemployment in the north-eastern suburbs is at 17.6 per cent.

Over seven weeks, participants will work on employability skills, healthy living and building their confidence.

 

Participants at the program launch in Epping (supplied).

Melbourne City’s head of community, Sue Crow said City Sisters hoped to empower women to become the best person they can be.

“This program has already helped many female jobseekers improve their chances of finding work,” she said.

“The healthy living part of the program run by our players offers participants a fun and engaging way to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.”

MatchWorks executive general manager Renae Lowry hopes the program will make an important contribution to reducing youth unemployment.

“Participants develop their skills, increase their confidence, network with potential employers and ultimately realise a career path through the program,” she said.