Past National Youth Weeks

Overview of NYW 2017: youTHRIVE - the importance of young South Australian's physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing

Dates: 31 March – 9 April 2017

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.

Each 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!

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

Overview of NYW 2016: My Community is Your Community

Dates: 8 - 17 April 2016

The theme for National Youth Week (NYW) in South Australia was 'My Community is Your Community'.  The theme was determined by using YourSAy, on online engagement tool which resulted in over 40 young people voting on multiple options which reflected and highlighted South Australia's diversity and intercultural community.

The Office for Youth funded 49 organisations to deliver over 140 events in their local communities during National Youth Week (NYW) 2016. Forty eight organisations received up to $4,000 each to deliver their activities whereas the Multicultural Youth of South Australia Incorporated received $5,300 to host the state launch event.

Approximately 1,000 young people were involved in the planning of events, with over 11,000 people attending and participating in a wide variety of events such as skill sporting activities, personal development workshops, various sporting competitions, colour runs, festival and battle of the band events, community events, art and music exhibitions and youth forums.

Multicultural Youth of South Australia Incorporated hosted the 2016 state launch, 'My Community is Your Community' on Friday 8 April in central Adelaide.  The interactive event engaged young people in various activities, Port Power handball competitions, cooking demonstrations, traditional music performances, arcade style games, street food from around the world and much more.

Most events held during NYW were inclusive of all people, with some events targeting a specific disadvantaged group. Furthermore, 68% of the State Government grant funding distributed was to regional and rural organisations, giving regional young people an opportunity to experience and participate in new events in their local region.

Some events experienced increased numbers of attendees, while other tested new event concepts with encouraging outcomes.

NYW continues to be a well-supported program in South Australia, with many organisations wanting to keep the momentum continuing beyond 2017.

Overview of NYW 2015: It Starts with Us

Dates: 10 - 19 April 2015 

The South Australian Office for Youth funded 49 organisations to deliver approximately 105 events and activities in their local communities during National Youth Week (NYW) 2015. Forty eight organisations received up to $4,000 each to deliver their activities while the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) received $7,000 to host the state launch event.

A total of 1,200 young people were involved in the implementation and planning of events and activities, while a further 10,000 people participated in a wide variety of events and activities such as skill development workshops, sporting activities, skate and BMX competitions, colour runs, festival and battle of the band events, community and cultural days, photo and art exhibitions and forums.

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) hosted the 2015 state launch, 'Jump n Jive: It stARTs with us' at the newly refurbished Parks Recreation and Sports Centre. The event offered 300 young people market stalls, food trucks, live entertainment by local young people, roller-derby scrimmage showcase and various hip hop beats, kung fu, roller skating, street art, bush cooking and dancing workshops. The Graffiti Street Arts project was unveiled and the short film of 'In Your Shoes' was also previewed.

Other event highlights included:

  • City of Mount Gambier's 'Let's Talk About Sex(uality) Forum'.  A forum which invited young gay, bi, pansexual and trans-gender young people to speak of their experiences about growing up and living in the Mount Gambier/Limestone Coast region. The forum focused on guest speaker's stories, followed by a panel for a question and answer session - questions were both texted via mobile phones and from the floor. Unexpectedly, the forum resulted in the development of a new website and an online Mount Gambier LGBTIQ Community and Support group.
  • Berri Barmera Council launch of the Riverland Young Professionals Network. Thirty-eight young business professionals attended and discussed the direction of the region in the future. Discussions focused on the importance of mentoring and exploring solutions to the difficulties that young people face when they move to the country with their job and their ability to connect with the community (socially and professionally).  A series of social and workshop events are planned for the future as a direct result of the launch.
  • The City of Burnside 'come and try' photography, pizza making, tie-dye workshops and 'pop up' youth-friendly space in the Civic Centre courtyard.  Young people had previously indicated that a lack of youth spaces was a significant issue for young people in the Burnside area. As a result, the 'Acoustic Courtyard Sessions' which had outdoor lounge chairs, temporary grass, food truck and coffee vans was implemented and thoroughly enjoyed by local young people.

All photos can be accessed via the  National Youth Week in South Australia Facebook pages.

Overview of NYW 2014: Our Voice. Our Impact.

Dates: 4 - 13 April 2014

In 2014, South Australia funded a total of 48 organisations to deliver 148 NYW events.

A total of 997 young people were involved in the implementation and planning of events and activities, while a further 9,898 people participated in a wide variety of activities and events such as: strength based/skill development workshops; sporting activities; Skate, Scoot and BMX competitions; colour runs and dance-fests; festival and band events; community and cultural days; fun runs/sports days; photo exhibitions and issue based discussions/forums. With 66% of funding going to rural organisations, regional young people had the opportunity to experience and participate in new activities and events in their local area.

Young people reported that they were highly satisfied with the outcomes of the events and activities. They expressed their excitement and gratitude of being involved in events which were organised and implemented with their input and ideas.

The diversity of events and activities held in South Australia was far greater than in previous years. The increase in the variety and calibre of events was due to funded bodies gathering ideas from the interactive calendar of events on  Feedback received stated that the state and territory calendars provide an avenue for generating ideas and opportunities to try something different.

Event highlights included:

State launch – Skate, Launch, Arts, Music (SLAM): The City of Playford received $7,000 funding to host the South Australian NYW State Launch.

The twilight event took place on Friday 4 April, from 5pm until 11pm, at Northern Sound System with over 1,500 people attending. A total of 70 young people from various youth committees, including the City of Playford Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), Headspace YAC, and Elizabeth Riders Committee, worked together to plan the event and ran a skate, bmx and scooter competition, aerosol art competition, a silent disco and a live band on the night. The skate competition SLAM attracted some of the best BMX riders and skateboarders in the state. Local youth service providers were also present at the event.

The Minister for Youth, Mayor of Playford and other local Members of Parliament attended the event.

Colour Dash and Dance: the Northern Areas Youth Advisory Council received $4,000 funding to hold a Colour Dash and Dance, the first of its kind in the Northern Areas Council region.  The event was held on the Friday 11 April 2014 at the Jamestown Race Course.  Approximately 70 young people attended the event which provided fun, fitness, teamwork and networking.  Each participant was splashed with various colours at six stations around the course and was also provided with their own colour sachet to throw on each other.

Young people were supplied a healthy barbecue, and local youth service, Healthy World, were available for participants to talk to and browse through health related materials.

A local disc jockey ended the evening with a fun filled dance-off.

Sprout Cooking Classes: Both the Mount Remarkable Youth Advisory Committee (Mount Remarkable District Council) and Mallee Health Service, in partnership with Karoonda Development Group, each received $4,000 funding to host Sprout Cooking Schools in their local communities.

Themis Chryssidis, Accredited Practising Dietitian, and Callum Hahn, runner up in the 2010 series of Master Chef and winner of Master Chef All Stars in 2012, facilitated interactive sessions that were hands-on and provided the students with a fun and healthy educational opportunity. Young people learnt knife skills and various cooking techniques, the importance of nutrition, discussed ingredients, the benefits of nutrients and the alternatives, and built on prior healthy eating programs.  The opportunity to try new tastes and flavours was also a highlight of the classes.

The Mallee Health Service program was generated by a young person who wanted to understand 'what is healthy eating' rather than relying on high fat and high salt convenient foods.

After the workshops, a group of students were selected to develop healthy recipes to demonstrate to an audience at the Karoonda Farm Fair. The recipes had to be balanced nutritionally, fast and easy. The audience enjoyed the interactive session, and a take home recipe booklet, complied by the young people.

Amazing Race Round Roxby: The Municipal Council of Roxby Downs received $3,350 funding to host the Amazing Race Round Roxby.  Approximately 110 year eight and nine students, from both the Roxby Downs Area School and St. Barbara's Parish School, participated in the Amazing Race 'Round Roxby' on Friday 4 April 2014.

The Amazing Race Round Roxby wasn't just a recreational activity, it was also designed to introduce participants to a number of the programs and services which are available to support them within the community.

Checkpoint activities were carefully planned to ensure that participants left the checkpoint with a better understanding of that particular service provider. Checkpoints were hosted by a number of organisations including: Roxby Council, Roxby Leisure, Roxby Downs Community Library, RoxFM Community Radio, Arid Recovery, Roxby Downs Health Service, Roxby Downs Police, BHP Biliton, State Emergency Service and the Country Fire Service.  On completion, students gathered at Lions Park for an afternoon of activities which included lunch, music and use of a ten-metre rock climbing wall.

Adelaide Youth Training Centres: Both of the Adelaide Youth Training Centres, Goldsborough Road and Jonal Drive campuses, each received $2,000 funding, contributing to providing the young people with opportunities to participate in workshops that encouraged them to try something new and explore different ways of expressing themselves.

The workshops and activities included short story and poetry writing, sculpture, animation and sports tournaments.  Young people wrote inspiring stories based on the NYW theme of 'Our voice/Our impact' with several being awarded for creativity and enthusiastic participation.

The art workshops enabled young people to create sculptures and highlighted different mediums as ways of self-expression. Another of the highlights was a display of the young peoples' work at the end of term assembly. Young people were commended on their hard work and commitment to their individual and group projects.

Families SA: Families SA received $1,000 funding to host 'Hike on a Bike'.  A total of 43 children and young people under the guardianship of the Minister participated in a bike ride along the Linear Park, commencing at West Beach and concluding at Campbelltown.  Participants enjoyed the event and felt they had achieved something worthwhile and positive. 'Hike on a Bike' also contributed to improving the young people's self-image and their relationships with staff members.

SHine SA: SHine SA received $4,000 funding to host Ninku Warra – Your Voice, which was held on Tuesday 8 April 2014.  The event engaged 75 Aboriginal young people, attending from various schools and agencies. Upon registration, each young person received a gift bag containing sunglasses labelled with "Respect Others".  This bag enabled young people to collect and gather youth related information from the various agency stalls present on the day. These agencies were: SHine SA, Beyond Blue, headspace, SA Aboriginal Dental, Nunkuwarrin Yunti, YMCA Youth Parliament, Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc and Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia.

African drumming, aerosol art and martial arts workshops were run during the day, providing the young people an opportunity to learn new skills. A free BBQ lunch was supplied for all in attendance and bottles of water were donated by Beyond Blue.

A photo booth was available, so that the young people could remember the day. The SHine SA Close the Gap team used the photo booth stall as a way of asking Aboriginal young people what services they would like to see at Karrparrinthi and what barriers they faced in using a health service.

Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA): MRCSA received $2,000 funding to host a three-day Youth Residential Forum (Camp).  A total of 43 young people from the eastern and northern Adelaide and Limestone Coast region participated in the residential forum. The young people were from refugee/humanitarian arrival communities.

The Camp was held at Camp Coorong and hosted by the Ngarrindjeri Community. The Camp comprised of youth leadership sessions, forums, social, sporting and cultural activities.

Participants were from the following ethnicity groups: Ethiopian, Eritrean, Congolese, Sudanese, Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, Pakistani, Bhutanese, Burmese, Chinese/Burmese and Karen/Liberian.

A BIG thank you goes out to everyone who embraced NYW 2014 - it was a fantastic celebration!

All photos can be accessed via the Office for Youth and National Youth Week in South Australia Facebook pages.

Overview of NYW 2013: Be Active. Be Happy. Be You.

Dates: 5 to 14 April 2013

National Youth Week kicked off in style with YouthFEST: The South Australian NYW State Launch ,hosted by Mission Australia in Whyalla on Friday 5 April 2013.

It provided an exciting and excellent opportunity for the region's young people to develop and deliver a major event showcasing their local community. A carnival atmosphere highlighted the talents and diversity of young people through song writing, singing, playing instruments, dance, artwork and aerosol art.

Over 750 people attended and enjoyed the opening.

NYW 2013 saw approximately 130 events and activities being run all over the State, with two thirds of the events being held regionally in South Australia.

A total of 15,301 people were involved in National Youth Week 2013, with a record number of 1,600 young people being involved in the planning and implementing of events and activities. Approximately 12,220 young people aged between 12-25 years and a further 3,000 people over the age of 25 years participated in National Youth Week events and activities, showing a real community commitment to celebrating Youth Week.

Each year, National Youth Week continues to grow in South Australia and the diversity of events keeps increasing. In 2013, the different types of event increased due to event organisers thinking outside the square and listening to what young people want. National Youth Week 2013 events included:

  • Amazing Races around the community
  • Music festivals, Battle of the Bands, DJ's
  • Drop-in service and pop-up events to promote health and wellbeing
  • Artistic, photo and aerosol art exhibitions
  • Workshops on diverse activities – drumming, pottery, cooking with Callum from MasterChef (Paddock to Plate)
  • Career expos
  • Sporting and Health and Wellbeing workshops, swimming events, fun runs, football clinics with Port Power players, laser skirmish, bike rides and sports days
  • Mock car accidents
  • Cultural and Nunga Nights
  • Camps for boys whose parents/caregivers are in prison
  • Discos and Debutante Balls
  • Environmental learning/ Nights at the Museum
  • Moonlight Cinemas/ movie nights.

Thank you everybody for your commitment and dedication to making National Youth Week 2013 so special in South Australia.