South American percussionists, a teenage rock band and a Sudanese musical group are just some of the entertainment on offer at today’s launch of National Youth Week in Perth.
Youth Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich will launch the 2008 National Youth Week with an afternoon of entertainment at the Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre in Northbridge.
Today marks the first official day of National Youth Week and celebrations will continue until Sunday, April 13. A gala dinner to celebrate the WA Youth Awards 2008 will be held at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on April 10.
Ms Ravlich said this year’s theme, ‘Shout. Share. Live. Unite’, would bring young people together to celebrate their cultural differences.
National Youth Week, now in its ninth year, was the largest celebration of young people in Australia.
“As a community, it is our role to assist and empower young people to reach their full potential by providing opportunities which enable them to develop their skills and competencies,” the Minister said.
“Ours is a young, vibrant and creative nation and this year’s celebrations will give us all a small insight into just how valuable young people are to us.
“Youth play an integral role in our communities and are a constant source of inspiration through their resilience, compassion and intellect.”
National Youth Week is a partnership between the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and individual youth affairs agencies in each State and Territory.
National Youth Week embodies the Office for Youth’s vision of ‘leading the State in promoting and developing the ideas of young Western Australians’.
One of the office’s key roles is to engage with children and young people, to ensure their voices are heard in the development of Government policy and programs and to encourage their participation in community life.
Grants of up to $1,000 were offered to community organisations and local government authorities to assist in the development and implementation of events and activities, which have to include the involvement of young people.
“I am pleased to announce that this year we had a record number of recommended grant applications - 88 in total,” Ms Ravlich said.
“This means that funding of over $65,000 was contributed towards National Youth Week events throughout the State.”
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