CELEBRATING VICTORIA’S YOUNG PEOPLE IN 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is providing funding to more than 100 organisations across Victoria to run youth-focussed activities during National Youth Week in 2017.

The Government is recognising the contribution of young people to their communities by celebrating their achievements through a $200,000 investment.

The week will include festivals, music events, awards nights, forums and sport and recreational activities.

Some of the grant recipients include:

  • Wonthaggi Secondary College, where students will plan, host and perform a one-day mini-festival event celebrating the arts and strengthening relationships with community organisations and the community
  • Brophy Family and Youth Services, who will bring together Warrnambool’s young people and their artwork with the creation of a community postcard, to symbolise how diverse identities are connected by a respect for inclusivity
  • The Islamic Youth Organisation, who will host the Carlton Young Women’s Sport Carnival, which brings together young women from different cultural backgrounds to participate in sports activities and competitions.

National Youth Week is an annual celebration of young people aged 12 to 25 years of age, delivered in partnership between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments.

The Victorian Government will host the inaugural Youth Summit on 31 March 2017, marking the start of National Youth Week.

Young people from across Victoria will attend the summit to discuss issues that matter most to them and to turn their ideas into action.

The Youth Summit is one of the Victorian Government’s flagship projects to engage with young people under its Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria.

National Youth Week will run from 31 March to 9 April in 2017. For more information go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“This funding will give young people the chance to run their own events and showcase their diversity, skills and ideas.”

“National Youth Week celebrates ideas that young people provide to our state no matter what their background  or where they live.”

“I look forward to hearing from young Victorians at the Youth Summit on 31 March 2017.”