The Voice of Youth

Jessica Bell (left) and Angela McCarthy are both ready for National Youth Week

Townsville youth are in for a jam-packed week as two local youth events have joined together to boost activities and events for National Youth Week.

By Sandra Haaland

 

National Youth Week and Focus on Youth Initiative have teamed up this year to create a jammed packed week of festivities for the annual National Youth Week.

 

National Youth Week is a volunteer-run event headed by the Townsville Youth Council and funded by Townsville City Council and various local community groups.

 

Jessica Bell (left) and Angela McCarthy are both ready for National Youth Week

Excited: Jessica Bell (left) and Angela McCarthy are both ready for National Youth Week

Townsville City Council youth councillor Angela McCarthy says previously the two events had been at different times of the year.

 

“NYW is usually in April and FYI is usually in July, but this year we decided to work together to combine and highlight all the youth achievements and events all in one big week,” Angela says.

 

“One of the big things that they wanted to change with the FYI this year is that they previously have been a very exclusionary event with invite only that allowed up to 150 people where as we expect about 500 young people to attend NYW.”

 

The Townsville Youth Council is made up of 15 members aged between 12 and 25.

 

Townsville Youth Council chair member Jessica Bell says the committee listens to the wants of the community.

 

“We get feedback from the community on issues that need to be paid attention to, and we bring forward issues to the City Council, such as engagement activities for the young ones in the community,” Jessica says.

 

Preparation for NYW starts in September the year before.

 

NYW has a wide range of free events held all over Townsville including a jam corner, a young artist exhibition and an ice skating rink.

 

Townsville City Council is a major sponsor of the event, but many independent groups, organizations and individuals are also participating by funding activities.

 

“The City Council often has some activities in place already that they have funds allocated for activities such as the free drive-in movie night, which is one of the bigger events this year,” Angela says.

 

“We are very excited for The National Youth Week, and we hope all the young people have a good time,” Angela says.

 

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