Youth Week 2019

Published on 02 April 2019

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National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people across the State and it’s back again in 2019.

Kicking off on 10 April, this year’s theme is ‘Coming together to Connect, Share, Speak out and Celebrate’ and the team at MidCoast Council are working with a number of community partners to deliver a range of events across the week for local young people to get involved in.

“Young people are not only our future, they contribute to our community in significant ways today and National Youth Week is a fantastic way to celebrate all the great things they add to our society,” explained Russell Ingram, MidCoast Council’s Youth Engagement Officer.

“But most importantly, it’s a chance for them to get out in their community, have their voice heard, attend a variety of great events and just have fun together.”

A number of local events and activities have been organised by various youth and community service organisations in partnership with MidCoast Council.

And this year there’s great incentive to attend the events with Council offering a ‘Youth Week Passport’ initiative.

Those taking part can have their passport stamped when they attend events and submit it into the draw for a major prize - an iPad.

“If they attend more than one event on the same passport they will also go into the second chance draw for some great smaller prizes, including gift cards,” explained Russell.

In the lead up to Youth Week the Youth Photography exhibition is happening again from Wednesday 3 April to Sunday 14 April at the Art Gallery.

Events planned throughout the region from 10-18 April include:

Youth Week 2019 across the MidCoast:

Thursday 11 April: Gloucester

- Skate Jam 6pm at Gloucester Skate Park

Friday 12 April: Taree 

- Skate Jam Session 4-6pm at Taree Skate Park

- Live n Loud 6-9pm at Manning Regional Art Gallery

Saturday 13 April: Taree

-Youth Week Park Run 8-9am from river bank area behind KFC

Great Lakes

-King of the Krater 10am-4pm at Tuncurry Skate Park

-Martial Arts Demonstration 10-11am at Tuncurry Memorial Hall

-Short Film Festival 12:30-2pm at Tuncurry Memorial Hall

Monday 15 April: Great Lakes

-3 on 3 basketball comp 10am-2pm at Great Lakes Aquatic Centre

Tuesday 16 April: Gloucester

-Short Film Festival 1.30-3pm at the Gloucester Senior Citizens Hall

Wednesday 17 April: Taree

-Beans and Banter 4pm-5pm at Taree Library

Thursday 18 April: Taree

-Short Film Festival 2-3.30pm at Manning Entertainment Centre

“It has been fantastic to work with local young people, schools and organisations to put together activities across the MidCoast region and we’d like to encourage everyone to come along and join the fun,” said Russell.

“Our local Youth Week celebrations continue to grow each year and it’s great to see our young people out and about celebrating one another.”

More information on local Youth Week events and activities can be found on the Manning Youth Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ManningYouth or you can contact Russell Ingram, on 6592 5338.