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Youth Week


Youth Week is an annual celebration of the positive contributions that young people make in communities across Australia. Here is the MidCoast it’s the perfect time to recognise our young people through a range of events and activities that celebrate their talents, their energy and the enthusiasm they inject into our local community.

As a joint State and Local Government initiative, Youth Week provides a forum for people aged 12-24 to share their ideas and views, talk about the stuff that matters, act on issues that affect them and come together to have some fun.

Youth Week 2020 in the MidCoast LGA will run from Monday 21 September – Friday 2 October.

With the pandemic and related restrictions in full force earlier this year, unfortunately the planned Youth Week activities for our region were postponed. With different restrictions still ongoing we have reimagined the week’s celebrations to deliver them in a covid-safe, yet fun an engaging way.

There will be a range of activities for young people to be involved in during this time, with heaps of prizes up for grabs to encourage participation!

48 Hour Challenges

The Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT) will be setting small challenges for young people to participate in every 48 hours throughout Youth Week.

The challenges will range from decorating a cupcake to writing a short story and participants will be encouraged to upload their challenge submission via their own social media account using the hashtag #mcyw2020. The challenges will be posted on the MidCoast Youth Facebook and Instagram pages every 48 hours, with a $25 #SHOPMIDCOAST Gift card awarded for each challenge to a randomly selected winner.

Young people that participate in all of the 48 Hour Challenges will then go in the draw to win a pair of JBL Tune 600BT Bluetooth headphones at the end of the celebrations! The winner of the Bluetooth Headphones will be announced via the MidCoast Youth Facebook and Instagram pages on Tuesday 6 October 2020.

Check out all the T&C’s here.(PDF, 119KB)

Online Skate, Scooter & BMX Challenge

In the absence of being able to run a skate competition or workshops, this challenge will encourage young people to capture a short video (up to 1 min) that showcases their best tricks!

Participants will upload their video via their own social media account (Facebook or Instagram only) using the hashtag #mcyw2020sk8 and will then go in the draw for one of our three prizes – these being a $200, $100 & $50 #SHOPMIDCOAST gift card.

Videos can be uploaded anytime from 21 September through until 11:59pm AEST on 2 October 2020, with the winners announced via the MidCoast Youth Facebook and Instagram pages on Tuesday 6 October.

Check out all the T&C’s here.(PDF, 122KB)

Live n Loud

The Manning Youth Action Team (MYAT) will also be hosting a live streamed youth music event, Live n Loud, on Friday 25 September from 6pm.

The stream will be run by the awesome team at Pluto Entertainment and will showcase a fraction of the amazing young performers that live in our region.

We would encourage everyone to catch the live stream via Pluto’s Facebook page and Youtube channel and show these performers your support by commenting and liking throughout the stream!

Schools Challenge

In partnership with the Manning Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), we have set a challenge for all local high schools to create a ‘Rube Golberg-like’ machine of assembled materials that will see a marble propelled across a room utilising sound or light (check out this video as an example).

This challenge has been set to highlight the Material Sound exhibition that will be held at the MRAG from the end of the September.

A base kit of materials has been supplied to each participating school with the final machines to be videoed and submitted for us to be able to promote through the MidCoast Youth social media pages during Youth Week – so make sure you’re following MidCoast Youth on Facebook and Instagram to catch all the inventive machines in practice!

Photo Exhibition

We will also be exhibiting all the submissions from the Youth Week photo exhibition we promoted earlier this year.

This exhibition will also occur at the Manning Regional Art Gallery – so if you are in the area at all throughout Youth Week make sure you stop by the Gallery and check out the amazing photo’s that were submitted!

Youth Friendly Spaces Survey

Finally (phew!), young people will have the opportunity to participate in a short online survey to provide their feedback on what things make a space safe and youth-friendly. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and participants will be able to opt into a prize draw for their participation.

The prize for this? A JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker!!

The information gathered from this survey will provide a basis for understanding the spaces in our community that young people consider to be youth-friendly and provide a helpful list of characteristics for services and organisations to consider when seeking to engage young people in their setting.

For more information about Youth Week in the MidCoast please call us on 7955 7468

Live n Loud

Next event: Check back in 2020 for new dates and info. 


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Next event: Check back in 2020 for information of this great event


Summerfest is our annual outdoor youth music festival and is the culmination of the Live n Loud events throughout the year. The event gives a variety of artists who have performed at Live n Loud the opportunity to play on a larger outdoor stage in front of a wider community audience.

Traditionally held at Harry Bennet Park, Taree, Summerfest is a drug and alcohol free event that is fully supervised. Funding support for Summerfest is provided by Indent NSW.

For event details and updates on Summerfest make sure you are following the MidCoast Youth Facebook page.