SA Youth Week

SA Youth Week 2018 - That's a Wrap!

Whilst the weather had an impact on our State Launch and some of the events early in the week, this didn't dampen the success of SA Youth Week 2018, which ran from Friday 13 until Sunday 22 April 2018.

With almost 100 events on offer across the State, SA's young people were spoilt for choice with a range of activities to suit all ages.

The theme for SAYW 2018 was ‘Your Future – Your Way’.

This theme highlighted young people’s role in shaping their lives and, in doing so, shaping directions for South Australia. It emphasised the value of young people’s ideas, skills and resilience in local communities, and champions the benefits that their wide variety of unique backgrounds, interests, identities and perspectives can bring to us all.

SA Youth Week 2018 Young Member

The SA Youth Week (SAYW) Young Member for 2018 was Wathnak Vy.

After graduating from Woodville High School as a School Captain in 2015, Wathnak continues to work closely with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, providing meaningful opportunities for them to have a voice on youth issues and affairs.

Wathnak’s volunteering demonstrates his commitment to giving a voice to youth opinion and recommendation on issues and decisions that affect local young people.

As a result of his experiences as part of the Youth Advisory Committee at City of Charles Sturt, the Youth Humanitarians Leadership Team at Australian Red Cross, headspace Woodville’s Youth Reference Group, and as a SHINE SA Community Advisory Panel Member, Wathnak was awarded a 2015 Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award through the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association, and was a Gold Awardee for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In 2014, Wathnak was awarded a Governor’s Multicultural Award in the Youth (Individual) Category for his active involvement in various school and local community projects.

Wathnak is currently an undergraduate student at The University of Adelaide, studying triple degrees of Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management. He is the Chief Executive Officer for the Adelaide University Cambodian Student Club where he helps and assists domestic and international Cambodian students who are studying in South Australia. Wathnak also works as a Cambodian Community Liaison Worker where he liaises closely with the Cambodian community across South Australia through Relationships Australia, South Australia.

Information for SAYW 2018 Grant Recipients

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