Queensland Youth Week (3-14 April) celebrations fire up today celebrating the achievements and the unlimited potential of our young people.
Minister for Youth Di Farmer has called on Queenslanders of all ages to get involved in the 12 day celebration of our 12 to 25 year-olds.
“Everywhere I go in this state, I am impressed and inspired by our young people, and the way they are willing to step up and engage with some of the most pressing issues we face,” she said.
“The theme of this year’s Queensland Youth Week is ‘unlimited’, which really reflects our young people – there is no limit to what our young people can achieve or create or solve.
“That’s why we appointed our Queensland Youth Engagement Panel, who will meet for the first time during Queensland Youth Week, to help us develop our Queensland Youth Strategy.
“It’s also why we are proud to have funded a total of $40,000 across twenty organisations to run Youth Week events right across the state.”
Ms Farmer said there would be a wide range of events during the week, from creative arts to physical challenges, workshops and training courses.
“Queensland’s largest youth arts company Flip Side Circus will travel to the north western community of Cloncurry to teach young people physically challenging circus skills that builds trust, team work, self-esteem and confidence,” Ms Farmer said.
“In the inner Brisbane suburb of Fortitude Valley, Queeriosity Youth Festival returns with Open Doors and community groups combining to host workshops and entertainment for our young LGBTIQ+ community.
“On the Gold Coast, Headspace will invite young people to share a healthy and nutritious meal together while they share stories of how to look after and maintain good mental health.”
Along with location-based events, a number of Youth Week projects will launch on the Youth Engagement e-Hub with young Queenslanders invited to share their thoughts and opinions with government and their peers.
“We want to hear directly from young people about the things which are important to them,” Ms Farmer said.
“Government makes a lot of decisions which affect young people, which is why we think it’s so important for young people to be involved in that decision making process.
“I really encourage young Queenslanders to get online and have their say.”