Youth Week 2022: 'Together more than ever.'
We’re in the midst of Youth Week: a week-long celebration for people aged 12-24 all across Australia. During this time young people are encouraged to showcase their creative talents, contribute to their community and, most importantly, have their voices heard on social issues concerning the younger generations. It is a significant week for Australia as it hosts valuable conversations that help guide the future of our country in a positive direction. The theme for this year is ‘Together More Than Ever’ and will focus on reconnecting communities following the hiatus caused by the pandemic. Events are hosted nation-wide in a variety of categories, from conferences and live music to arts, crafts and sports festivals. These events are organised and run by young people but have members of parliament such as the Minister for Women, Regional and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor, present.
There are many activities held during the week; namely, The Youth Week Forum. This is an important event where ministers can listen to young people's conversations about issues critical to their future—issues such as housing affordability, climate change, mental health and the future of Australia. It is a chance for our parliamentarians to take on board the concerns, insights and hopes of these 'think tank' groups and thereby ensure that the future they are creating is the one desired by the people who will be living it. Forums from previous years, (including the 2019 forum, which can be viewed here) held expansive and enriching conversations regarding Australia’s future and are an exciting watch.
Local councils across all States and Territories have been invited to donate funds and host events that started from Monday until the 24th of April. Many great events have already been hosted but don't fret, there are many more to come - especially over this weekend.You can search for events in your local area here. Events are curated alongside young members of the local community thus focus on areas specific to the community. The week is an amazing opportunity to get involved, speak your voice and enjoy the events in your local area. Find out more on the NSW Government website here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/youthweek
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