SA Youth Week
SA Youth Week (SAYW) was held from 10–18 April 2019.
As the largest annual event on the South Australian youth calendar, SAYW showcases young people's talents, contributions and achievements; promotes a positive image of young people; acknowledges the common interests of young people and their diverse backgrounds and circumstances; and enables young people to express their ideas.
Grants Have Closed
Local councils, State Government agencies and non-government organisations that work directly with young people aged 12–25 years were invited to apply for grants of up to $2,000 to fund SAYW 2019 events and activities. Grant applications closed on Friday, 5 October 2018.
SAYW 2019 Theme
The theme for SAYW 2019 was Participate and Celebrate — a subtle nod to the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia that is being celebrated in 2019.
In 1894, South Australia became the first jurisdiction in the world to allow women the dual right to both vote and stand for election.
Women’s Suffrage is about the equal participation of women in politics — as both politicians and as citizens. It is a reminder of the privilege we now have that allows us all to participate fully in our community. It is also a time to celebrate equality, and the diversity of the State that we live in.
With this in mind, organisers of SAYW activities were encouraged to consider how they would actively encourage the young people in their communities to participate in the planning of activities and events, and the ways in which young people could come together to celebrate.
Through engaging young people in planning events and activities, we aimed to encourage a sense of civic participation and an opportunity for the voices of our young people to be heard as they design SAYW initiatives by young people, for young people.