14 April 2023

Join the celebration of Canberra's young people this Youth Week

| Claire Fenwicke
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ACT Youth Week 2023 has a range of free activities and events throughout Canberra. Photo: Community Services Directorate Facebook.

A sunset festival, free mindfulness class and movie screenings – these are just some of the events Canberra’s youth can get involved in this ACT Youth Week.

The celebrations run from 14 to 22 April, with everyone urged to take the chance to celebrate and highlight the positive contributions young Canberrans have made to the lives of their peers and the broader community.

Youth Affairs Minister Yvette Berry took the chance to thank all young Canberrans for the diverse ways they were helping to shape the future of the city.

“Your voices and perspectives are key to not only addressing the issues that affect you and your peers, but also those that matter to the broader Canberra community such as the current cost of living crisis,” she said.

“I encourage you to get involved in one of the many events across our region during Youth Week and reflect on the role you can continue to shape a bright future for our great city.”

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She also encouraged young people to get their ideas off the ground with the help of the Youth Grants Program, including Youth InterACT scholarships, which accept applications all year round.

Recent grant recipients include Katie Jakab, who has used her funding to create mental health crisis-line cards for young people in the event that they or a friend need support.

“[The cards came] from my awareness that youth are some of the most affected by poor mental health and mental illness in Australia, and from my own experiences as a young person who has gone through, and supported friends with, mental illness,” she said.

“They are small enough to fit in a phone case or wallet, creating a convenient means to access these numbers, encouraging young people to use them in moments of crisis where the simple act of finding these numbers online may be a big enough barrier to prevent their use.

“It’s a simple solution that I hope will have a big impact.”

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There’s a range of accessible and free events for young people to attend and come together during Youth Week, including:

  • Sunset Festival with free pizza, drinks and a range of entertainment on 20 April at Woden Skatepark
  • Free yoga and meditation on 21 April at Flow Yoga Canberra
  • Youth Ping Pong tournament on 22 April in Queanbeyan
  • Free screenings of the Super Mario Bros movie on 18 April at Limelight Tuggeranong

Most events need registration before you can take part. A full list of events and how to register can be found on the Community Services website.

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