National Youth Week

National Youth Week 2017

National Youth Week 2017 overview

Dates: 31 March – 9 April 2017

Theme: youTHRIVE – the importance of young South Australian's physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing

National Youth Week (NYW) is SA’s biggest event for young people aged 12-25 years.

It was a great success for all those involved, and especially for the young people who had the opportunity to participate and have fun!

The theme for NYW this year was youTHRIVE, which can be interpreted in many different ways. youTHRIVE represents comfort, good spirits and positive energies, as well as a personal commitment to one's self, creating new endeavours or ventures and overcoming any challenges that young people may face.

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion’s Office for Youth funded 38 organisations, to deliver over 60 events in their local communities during NYW 2017. Thirty-seven organisations received up to $4,000 each to deliver their activities, and the Campbelltown City Council received $7,000 to host the state launch event.

NYW kicked off in style with the youTHRIVE state launch on Saturday 1 April 2017. The interactive event engaged young people in various activities from roller-skating with the Murder City Roller Derby to free access to the Campbelltown ARC pool! An afternoon festival was held that included come-and-try activities, live music, food vans, entertainment and more – a free outdoor screening was also organised to show ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in the evening!

Many young people attended and participated in a wide variety of community events across SA such as wildlife workshops, skate park competitions, yoga and meditation, Open Mic Night, art and music exhibitions, and youth forums.

Every year a NYW Young Member represents SA’s youth at as many events as possible, and helps with the implementation of the state launch. Jessica Perry was the 2017 Young Member, and did she have a busy week! She helped open the state launch, and spoke to the audience about being a young person in SA. She was interviewed on Radio Adelaide and spoke about all the fantastic events available to young people. She also participated in the YMCA Youth Think Tank, and even headed to Yorke Peninsula to attend the Maitland event. Thank you Jess for your time as the NYW Young Member!

To check out photos from events held during NYW 2017 head to our Facebook page National Youth Week 2017.

A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who embraced NYW 2017 - it was a fantastic celebration.

Watch this space for more information on NYW 2018…