Youth Ambassadors and Youth Grants Announced

NT Government

Two inspiring Territorians have been appointed as ambassadors for NT Youth Week (NTYW) 2021.

NTYW is an annual celebration of young people across the Territory involving a range of fun and exciting events and activities, with this year’s theme being ‘It’s Your Tomorrow’; aiming to encourage young Territorians to share a vision for a healthy future, celebrate culture and diversity, and encourage innovative ideas.

The 2021 NTYW ambassadors are:

  • Ms Emily Ford, a 22-year-old Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju approximately 140 kilometres south-west of Darwin. Currently studying a Diploma of Arts at Charles Darwin University, Emily was Darwin’s Young Citizen for 2020.
  • Ms Sunny Liu, a 24-year-old woman who is currently studying a Master of Teaching at CDU and is a Student Ambassador for StudyNT, having been an international student in Australia since 2014.

Held from April 9 -28 2021, NTYW provides an opportunity for young people to express ideas, raise concerns and attend free events, right across the Territory.

As part of their duties, the ambassadors will also assist in assessing the Youth Vibe Holiday Grant Rounds.

Grants of up to $2000 are available for community groups and organisations who can deliver engaging, fun and youth-friendly events and activities to keep young people entertained across the school holidays. There is a total of $65,000 in grant funding available.

Last year 26 organisations received funding to deliver programs, which included included sports, laser tag, theatre and free movie sessions.

Applications close on 31 March 2021, to apply go to

Quotes from the Minister for Youth, Lauren Moss:

“The Territory Labor Government continues to invest in young people because we know offering engaging programs for personal development empowers our youth.

“We are very lucky to have Sunny and Emily as part of our team this year as we promote our theme ‘It’s Your Tomorrow’. We as a Government are working to make a better Territory for our young people – and we need to listen to our young people in order to achieve that.

“I encourage our Territory youth to get involved in Youth Week and express your views, and for providers to apply for the Youth Vibe Grants.”

Quotes from 2021 Youth Week Ambassador Emily Ford:

“I am excited to highlight, celebrate, and empower the young people of the NT as a Youth Week Ambassador for 2021. I hope to showcase the young people of the NT as the diverse, talented, and tenacious people that we are, who are able to affect great change in the NT and beyond.”

Quotes from 2021 Youth Week Ambassador Sunny Liu:

“As a NT Youth Week Ambassador for 2021, I hope to represent the voice of multicultural youth and help build a future that is welcoming, accepting and enriching for young people of all backgrounds in the NT. I want to help showcase the diverse faces and abilities of the NT youth, who are the true embodiment of boundless opportunities.”

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