Celebrating Young Territorians for NT Youth Week
Over 100 events will be held across the Territory this month to celebrate young Territorian's (aged 12 to 25 years) and the positive contributions they make to their community.
Today on 360 Matthew Hepworth spoke with the Minister of Education Eva Lawler about youth week and she said youth week is a great way young people can get recognised for their achievments.
"Youth week is all about providing a range of activities so that young people of the Northern Territory can get involved and have activities on all week.
There are so many young Terrtiorian's that are doing amazing things and it is really about recognising the ones that are excelling," Ms Lawler said.
Between 13 to 22 April, events such as pool parties, discos, group workshops, movie marathons and forums will bring youths together to celebrate and also have the opportunity to discuss issues and express ideas.
“Territory Families continues to focus on ensuring the connection between young people, their families and their community; and their right to have their voices heard and respected,” Chief Executive Officer, Ken Davies said.
“The NT Youth Week has been designed by young people for young people and the Office of Youth Affairs has been working tirelessly to bring the activities together. It is important to recognise and support young Territorians’ contributions to our community and nurture their growth for the future.
“Young people play a significant role in shaping the Territory. NT Youth Week acknowledges this significance and it’s important that it is celebrated.
“There are many fantastic events and activities happening right across the Territory. I encourage Territorians to view the calendar and participate in these events and activities.”
The Calendar of Events is available to view at www.youth.nt.gov.au. This year’s theme is Be Tru, Be You.
The Territory Government is also offering free NT Youth Week bus passes for young people (aged 12 to 25 years) for travel in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs on the Darwin Bus and Alice Springs Bus networks.
This year, five NT Youth Week Ambassadors were appointed as the faces of this celebration. They will be attending events, engaging with media and assisting in assessing the Youth Vibe Holiday Grant Rounds.
The five ambassadors are:
· Ineke Wallis, 23 for the East/ West Arnhem Region
· Dunstan Weetra, 23, for the Roper Gulf Region
· Chelsea Hamilton, 17, for the Central Australia Region
· Gabby Yengbie, 17, for the Darwin, Palmerston and Rural Area
· Leah Sharp, 17, for the Katherine, Victoria and West Daly region