Get ready for Youth Week in the Hawkesbury

There is a lot happening during National Youth Week (NYW) for the young people of the Hawkesbury which this year will be held from Friday, 31 March to Sunday, 9 April. ‘Youthfest ‘17’ will be held in Richmond Park on Friday, 7 April, and the Youth Summit will be held on Wednesday, 5 April at Richmond High School.

NYW is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events. In 2016, about 4,000 young people across the state were involved in planning and organising activities and events such as forums, debates, photography exhibitions, fitness activities, writing competitions, hip hop dance classes and concerts. More than 100,000 young people participated in more than 900 local activities and events.

In the Hawkesbury Youthfest ‘17 is a FREE outdoor event that has been organised by the Youth Action Team at the North Richmond Youth Project in conjunction with Hawkesbury City Council.  At Richmond Park, from 4pm-8pm enjoy bubble soccer, an obstacle course, free food, DJs, prizes, giveaways, and much more.

Specialist youth services based in the Hawkesbury will also be at Youthfest ‘17 with interactive displays and activities to help residents learn more about their services. These services can support young people with issues such as mental health, homelessness/couch surfing, drugs and alcohol, sexual and reproductive health, disability as well as health and fitness. Referrals can be provided for any other needs.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett said the event is a great opportunity for our young people to enjoy the great outdoors with their friends. “Young people can find it hard to open up about how they are feeling and what they are experiencing. Each year, YouthFest offers an open, honest, and friendly space for young people to share their thoughts, but only if they want to.”

“The best thing about YouthFest is that it is always a lot of fun, like a festival for young people – but everything is free,” she added.

Members of the Hawkesbury Youth Summit Planning Group have been working hard organising this year’s Youth Summit which will be on Wednesday, 5 April from 9:30am to 2:30pm at Richmond High School. High school students from Hawkesbury high schools who are passionate about sharing their opinions and dreams for the area are invited to attend the 2017 Hawkesbury Youth Summit.

The planning group has been meeting with Council staff once a month since November to help organise the Youth Summit.

The Youth Summit also provides young people the opportunity to provide leadership in the Hawkesbury community through the contribution of ideas for future programs and services. All participants will have FREE transport to and from the Youth Summit and a FREE delicious lunch.

“This is a chance for high school students to have their say about the issues they face living, studying, or working in the Hawkesbury” the Mayor said.

Stay up to date with what is happening during Youth Week on Council’s website, or by liking ‘Hawkesbury Events’ on Facebook.

To find out more about Youth Week in the Hawkesbury and to register to attend the Youth Summit please contact Council’s Youth Participation Officer, Rohan Smyth on (02) 4560 4562 or rohan.smyth@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au.

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