National Youth Week will kick off on 31 March with the inspirational theme ‘Get Involved, Be Heard, Make a Difference' – and Campbelltown City Council’s program of activities aims to give young people the opportunity to do just that.
Youth Week is the largest annual celebration of young people in Australia, with thousands of 12-to-25-year-olds participating in activities.
Campbelltown City’s Youth Week program took out top honours at the 2016 Local Government Week Awards, receiving the Youth Week Award for the best local program, in recognition of the level of youth participation in the planning and attendance at activities, its capacity to showcase the skills and talent of young people, and for activities which highlighted the positive contribution young people make to the community.
Youth Week 2017 will run from Friday 31 March to Sunday 9 April, and this year’s program looks set to be another success, with an exciting range of events – from movies and entertainment, to a skate, scooter and BMX showcase and art – developed in partnership with Campbelltown businesses, high schools, youth services and young people.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, encouraged young people to come along and enjoy the wealth of activities offered through this year’s exciting and diverse local Youth Week program.
“Youth Week is a great way to recognise and to celebrate the contribution and successes of Campbelltown’s younger community,” he said.
“This year, Council is pleased to be able to facilitate another excellent program of activities, providing information and support, and showcasing the artistic and musical talents of our younger residents, who make up almost a quarter of Campbelltown’s population.”
A range of activities will be held across Campbelltown as part of the Youth Week celebrations. They include:
- Thomas Reddall High School’s ‘Dream Big for Success’, a free information session for parents and young people on the benefits of going to school and planning for a successful future, on Friday 31 March from 9.30am to 2pm. Details: Karen on 4625 4404.
- Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative’s free #saynotobullying. Learn self-defence moves and share your experience online using #saynotobullying, at Airds Bradbury Central, on Monday 3 April from 3.15pm to 6pm. Details: MDSI on 4627 1188.
- Campbelltown Youth Network and Youth Entertainment Reference Group’s series of free activities and live acoustic performances, at Kellicar Lane, Macarthur Square. Macarthur Square will also hold an outdoor cinema showing a classic family film. The event is on Friday 7 April from 5pm to 9pm. Activities – free; Outdoor cinema – $10 adults, $5 children or $30 lounge. Pre-purchase movie tickets from Monday 20 March by visiting macarthursquare.com.au Details: Dave on 4645 4816.
- ‘Hi, My Name’s Sayed’, the premiere of a short film made by young people about the struggles of an Afghan boy, and how he manages to overcome these challenges. The free event will be held at Sarah Redfern High School on Friday 7 April from 7pm to 7.30pm. Details: Barakat on 0469 095 749.
- A movie special effects make-up class at HJ Daley Library, Campbelltown on Saturday 8 April from 11am to 1pm. The free class will show participants the behind-the scenes magic of special effects make-up and demonstrate these effects on lucky participants. Details: HJ Daley Library on 4645 4444 (bookings essential).
- Campbelltown Arts Centre’s free skateboard painting and street art workshop, at Macquarie Fields Skate Park. Bring along your skateboard, create your own artwork and learn how to transfer your designs onto skateboards through the art of stencilling, with local artists, on 8 April from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Details: Timothy on 4645 4632 (bookings essential).
- Free, All Ages Gig where you can check out performances by Campbelltown’s local artists, at Eagle Vale High School on Saturday 8 April from 6pm to 10pm. Doors open at 5.30pm. Details: Dave on 4645 4816.