Youth Week 2021 takes place around NSW from April 16th to April 24th, and this year Tamworth and Gunnedah local council’s have been working hard to plan a full week of activities and workshops for their youth.
This year’s theme is ‘Together more than ever’ and in Tamworth, the Tamworth Regional Youth Council have collaborated with the regular council to ensure a range of safe and inclusive events.
Youth Week Launch Party will take place on Friday the 16th of April, where local bands, stalls, activities and a BBQ are on offer. On top of that, there will be a Sports day, an Arts Showcase and a BBQ event.
Youth Week is funded by the NSW Government and is designed to help communities embrace their youth and shine a light on the issues they face within society and in their communities at large. It is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, participate in events, have their voices heard and connect with one another.
Likewise, in Gunnedah, the program has it all. From comedy to cricket, debating to mental health workshops, parents can be sure their kids will gain a lot from the week.
Gunnedah Shire Council Customer and Community Relation Manager Charlotte Hoddle said Gunnedah’s exciting program reflected the range of interests and issues facing the region’s young people.
Gunnedah will hold a Youth Expo on Wednesday the 21st of April, which is an opportunity for young people to look ahead for work opportunities, education pathways and their wellbeing.
There will be an Inter-School Debate, with talented students of Gunnedah High School up against St Mary’s and Carinya for the first time on the 22nd followed by a Stand Up Comedy workshop on the 23rd.
One event Charlotte Hoddle is particularly excited about is the Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival, held on the 24th, which features 20 short films made by young regional Australian filmmakers.
“The film festival gives regional youth the opportunity to share their stories growing up in their communities using film as a form of expression” said Charlotte.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all young people and community members wanting to attend Youth Week, must book in advance at their local council website.