Our Voice. Our Impact – The Youth Week 2014 in NSW

The somber rain, capricious weather, moody clouds and cheeky occasional rays of sunshine defined the beginning two weeks of April.

Ironically enough, quite like the general notion of the youth of today, the temperament of those weeks could best be defined as erratic, unpredictable, iffy, dicey, and spasmodic.

This general notion, however, was set to change.

Sandwiched between these two weeks— 4th to 13th April—was the Youth Week 2014 in NSW: an annual NSW government initiative that took roots in 1989 and has flourished into a week of celebration and festivities for the Australian youth and their achievements.

This year’s compelling theme—Our Voice. Our Impact.—led the youth to identity with and embrace the essence of the theme and showcase their talents by taking part in various events across Australia that helped them project their voice and have an overall impact on the socio-cultural well being of the youth of today in Australian society.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education launched the National Youth Week this year.

Expressing this support and enthusiasm, Senator Ryan said in the media release that “this year’s theme and the many activities around the country involve young people expressing their views and ideas in a variety of ways”.

The myriad events and activities included expos, exhibitions, competitions, parties, award functions and sporting events like the Youth Week in the City Sports Day that took place on April 12th at King George V Recreation Centre, at The Rocks in Sydney.

The Youth Week in the City Sports Day provided the younger generation—aged 12 to 24—with sporting activities like soccer and basketball competitions interspersed with relationship developing and friendship fostering opportunities like free lunch and DJ workshops.

The Youth Week 2014 was sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, the NSW Youth Week Young People’s Advisory Committee (YPAC), NSW Department of Education and Communities, and NSW Health’s Play Safe.

As stated on its official website, Youth Week 2014 truly fulfilled its promise of being “an annual celebration of young people, organised by young people for young people, in local communities across Australia.”

Here’s asking the youth to let their voice be heard and make a difference, by working hard, playing harder, enjoying life and keeping safe, until next year’s Youth Week, which is set to bring back the festivities from Friday 10 April to Sunday 19 April.

For information, head to: http://www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au/

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