Youth Week offers chance to get involved

26 Mar 2017

A multicultural celebration, free workshops on legal graffiti and an anime movie marathon are among Youth Week 2017 celebrations organised by Newcastle City Council and partners.

In line with this year's Youth Week theme, young people will have a chance to "get involved, be heard and make a difference" at nine free events delivered by the Newcastle Youth Council together with local agencies from Friday 31 March - Sunday 9 April.

Classic anime films at Wallsend District Library on Friday 31 March will be followed by a graffiti workshop at Hamilton's Pachamama House the following day and a DJ class and street soccer matches as part of Callaghan Campus's multicultural celebration on Wednesday 5 April.

Other events will see young people exploring photography, leadership and how to look after the environment.

“There are plenty of fun events and also learning opportunities planned for Youth Week 2017," Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

"The week is planned and delivered by young people for young people and the local events are part of the largest celebration of people aged 12-25 in Australia.

"For the past three years we have been working with Newcastle Youth Council to develop a grants program for the delivery of local youth programs and events, and our $3,000 in funding is matched by the state government."

Now supported by the federal, state and territory and local governments, Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989. It provides young people a chance to express their ideas and views, act on issues affecting them and create and enjoy activities and events.

Anime Movie Marathon at Wallsend District Library on Friday 31 March from 5pm-7.30pm

Up & Up Graffiti Workshop at Pachamama House, Hamilton, on Saturday 1 April from 1pm-3pm

Multicultural Youth Week Celebration at Callaghan College, Jesmond Campus on Wednesday 5 April from 3pm-6pm.

A complete list of events can be found on Council's website.

Newcastle Youth Council currently has 11 active members who meet 10 times a year to advise Council and develop leadership skills through Youth Week events and other initiatives.