Youth Week 2018 'Unity Through Diversity'

PARTY TIMES: Andrew Garment during the Egg and Spoon Races at last year's Youth Week celebrations. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
PARTY TIMES: Andrew Garment during the Egg and Spoon Races at last year's Youth Week celebrations. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Youth Week in NSW began on Monday with this year’s theme “Unity Through Diversity”. 

Support Worker for the Homeless Youth Assistance Program Bogan and Warren NSW, Sarah Whaley said Youth Week is “a great opportunity for local services to engage with young people to share ideas, speak about current issues, showcase their strengths and talents, all while uniting young people of all backgrounds and cultures through activities and fun.”

More than 100,000 young people aged 12 to 24 expected to participate in events across NSW this week. 

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams said, “NSW Youth Week offers young people an opportunity to connect with both their peers and their local community”.

“It is also an opportunity for me to hear directly from young people about ways the NSW Government can progress services including health and education.”

New polling demonstrated 65 per cent of young people feel NSW is an inclusive society and 40 per cent describe Australia’s national identity as multicultural.

A key focus for Youth Week 2018 is engaging regional communities, with more than 65 young people representing regional and rural communities at a forum at Parliament House.  The NSW Government provided over $240,000 to local councils across the State to run locally led community events. 

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant said he was pleased young people in the region had participated in arranging local events. “Our young people are some of the most dedicated and committed members of our community,” Mr Grant said.

Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, and has since grown to be a celebration of young people across the country.