Red Cross will use social media to connect with youth

SOCIAL media platforms will be used by Red Cross in an effort to connect with youth after the organisation was awarded a three-year, $971,075 contract for a new youth service.

The program will help students with mental health illnesses, education problems and housing, with an aim to reconnect outcast youth with their families.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen announced on Tuesday that Red Cross had won the contract.

"This is a whole new service to support youth," Ms Maddern said.

"Through our government's strong economic management we are seeing real progress, but there is more to be done to ensure residents in Maryborough have a brighter future."

The service will be based in Maryborough but also cover Hervey Bay to meet the needs of a shifting youth population.

"These kids go under the radar a lot of the time," Ms Maddern said.

The new service will start in February and is expected to assist up to 400 young people each year.