Gearing Up For The First Ever Victorian Youth Week

Young people will be celebrated and recognised with more than 100 activities across the state during the inaugural Victorian Youth Week in April.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced the successful grant recipients for Victorian Youth Week 2018, which will run from 13 to 22 April.

It will be the first time the event is run – filling the gap after the Turnbull Government scrapped funding for National Youth Week and forcing other states and territories to go it alone.

The successful Victorian Youth Week recipients will organise activities that engage young people and provide them with opportunities to express their ideas and be heard in their community, such as art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and forums.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more than $200,000 to local community organisations, schools and councils to run activities for young people in metropolitan and regional areas during Victorian Youth Week 2018.

It includes over 50 activities in metropolitan Melbourne and nearly 60 grants in regional Victoria.

Some activities include:

  • Giving Everyone a Fair Go – Wheelchair Basketball – which invites young people to facilitate a wheelchair basketball workshop with Year 5 and 6 students
  • Horsham Skate Park Jam – which is an opportunity for riders and skaters to showcase their skills and abilities

Activities are aimed at those aged 12 to 25 and will be held in safe environments that are alcohol, drug and smoke free.

The Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria sets out a plan to increase engagement with young people and embeds the voice of young people in building an even better Victoria.

For more information about 2018 Victorian Youth Week, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/vyw.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos

“It’s disappointing the Turnbull Government only sees young people in a negative way and has cut funding to support them.”

“Young Victorians are overwhelmingly doing great and contributing positively to our society – we should be celebrating and supporting them.”