Youth Week Tasmania a winner for young people

A NEW chapter has begun for the inaugural Youth Week Tasmania 2018 where more than 20 youth-based events were held around the state for the first time.

The week celebrated the significant contributions young people make to local communities.

The initiative was launched by Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Youth Network of Tasmania (YNOT) chief executive officer Tania Hunt.

Young people had the opportunity to attend music festivals, art exhibitions, youth forums and a performing arts boot camp.

Ms Hunt said the activities provided a much-needed opportunity for young Tasmanians to take to the stage, have fun and lead positive change.

“With the voice of the youth so often over-looked, the continuation of Youth Week provides a vital chance for us to listen and learn from young Tasmanians,” she said.

Members of the Youth Week Advisory Committee Ruby Bartle and Annabelle Tang, both 16 years old, were working hard behind the scenes for several weeks to create a week full of fun events.

“Youth Week is about the celebration of youth and what we as young people have to offer,” Miss Bartle said.

Miss Tang said this was one week of the year youth could feel empowered about their input to society, which was usually undermined and ignored.

“It’s our chance to show that we are more than we appear,” she said.

Ms Archer said the week encouraged young people to express their ideas, views and creativity while acting on issues that affected their futures and communities.

“Thirteen successful Tasmanian programs received grants to run events and activities which aimed to inspire our youth,” she said.

“I want to thank everyone at the YNOT for ensuring our young people had the best opportunities and experiences during the week-long events.

“I am delighted that the Hodgman Liberal Government was able to contribute $40,000 to fund a number of exciting Youth Week events across the state.”

Youth Week Tasmania 2018 was held from 13 to 22 April.

Caption: From left, Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer, Youth Week Advisory Committee members Annabelle Tang and Ruby Bartle and Youth Network of Tasmania chief executive officer Tania Hunt.