National Youth Week
National Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12–25) throughout Australia.
It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State, Territory and Local Governments. It gives you an opportunity to express your ideas and views and act on issues that affect your lives. It also lets you have a lot of fun.
Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. In 2013 more than 25,000 young people from across Victoria participated in National Youth Week activities.
National Youth Week 2014 will be held from 4 April to 13 April 2014, incorporating the theme ‘Our Voice. Our Impact’.
NYW 2014 - What's On
On Friday 4 April 2014, the Minister for Youth Affairs, the Hon Ryan Smith, MP will be opening National Youth Week in Victoria on the forecourt of the State Library, at the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets in Melbourne, from 3pm.
The event will include performances and workshops from African Drumming, The Ministry of Dance, young emerging musicians from the FReeZA program, a photo booth, Youth Central stand and giveaways.
In addition, a total of 94 organisations receiving a National Youth Week grant will stage more than 100 events for young people across Victoria, ranging from film festivals, music performances and art exhibitions.
Click the link below to download a calendar of events listing all of the NYW events taking place each day across Victoria. You will find all the basic information you need to attend a NYW event in your local area. Please contact the listed organisation if you would like further event details.
NYW 2014 - Calendar of events (PDF, 150kb)
Promoting Your National Youth Week 2014 Event
To help promote your National Youth Week 2014 event to young people, below is a range of official posters that you can download and insert details of your upcoming event:
You also need to use the National Youth Week 2014 and Victorian State Government logos in all promotional material.
Victorian National Youth Week 2014 Young Member
The Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith, has announced that 17-year-old student Zac Slattery will be the National Youth Week Victorian Young Member for 2014.
"Congratulations to Zac on his exciting new role representing Victoria on the planning committee for next year’s National Youth Week," Mr Smith said.
Each year a Young Member is appointed to act as spokesperson for their State or Territory, and contribute to the planning and promotion of the event.
"Zac will play an important role in shaping youth week nationally and contributing to the many events taking place right across Victoria in April 2014," Mr Smith said. He went on to add that he looked forward to Zac drawing on his experience as a member of Involve, the Victorian Government’s Youth Ministerial Advisory Committee.
Zac said he was thrilled to be given an opportunity to be the voice of young Victorians. "I'm looking forward to the kick-off workshop in Canberra this week. It’ll be great to get started on planning activities around this year’s theme" 'Our Voice. Our Impact'," Zac said.
"In my new role, I’m looking to encourage young people to speak up about things they care about and get involved in their community. There’s so much support for young people in Australia and it’s great to know that what we have to say is being listened to by all levels of government."
For further information about NYW 2014, please contact Greg Box at the Community and Economic Participation Branch on (03) 9096 1352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more about National Youth Week in 2014, check out www.youthweek.com (new window).
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