To celebrate the contribution young people make to Victoria – The Andrews Labor Government has provided more than $220,000 to local community organisations, schools and councils across Victoria during Victorian Youth Week.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today congratulated the recipients of the Victorian Youth Week Grants program from the Murray Plains region, as follows:
- NOVO Youth Awards 2020 – Swan Hill Rural City Council
The NOVO Youth Awards will be a community awards event focussed on the achievements of young people in the Swan Hill Rural City community. The youth awards will include eight award category presentations and live entertainment provided by local young people.
- VYW20 Gannawarra – Gannawarra Shire Council
VYW-20 will spread through every town in the Gannawarra Shire, particularly Kerang and Cohuna. Events will focus primarily on celebrating the positive impact young people make to their community, while promoting positive mental and physical health and well-being. Events will also have a strong focus on inclusion and youth participation.
- VYW20 Loddon – Loddon Shire Council
The goal of VYW20 – Loddon is to co-design with young people to create a celebration for youth at both Boort District School and Pyramid Hill College. Events may include live music, a BMX/Skate competition, collaborative art projects, student skill share or a talent showcase.
Among the 110 successful recipients across Victoria, fifty-nine events are in rural and regional Victoria – with seven of these events to be held in areas declared as bushfire disaster zones.
Victorian Youth Week runs from 3 to 12 April 2020 and highlights the important role young people play in in our state – giving them a chance to plan, deliver and attend events in their local area.
Events include art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and sporting competitions. All events are delivered in a safe and inclusive environment that is alcohol, drug and smoke-free.
Victorian Youth Week was created in 2018 after the Turnbull Liberal Government scrapped funding for Australia’s largest celebration of young people, National Youth Week.
The Andrews Labor Government’s stepped in to create Victorian Youth Week, funding hundreds of events and promoting social inclusion and wellbeing through connections with the community.
In just its third year, Victorian Youth Week is bigger and better than ever, with more than 130 events planned across Victoria. An interactive map of events is available at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/vyw
Victorian Youth Week, along with the Youth Summit and other initiatives – are a key part of the Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We don’t always hear about the wonderful contribution young people make to our communities, but I’m thrilled to see Victorian Youth Week events will be held locally to celebrate their achievements.”
“Young people are our future, and I am proud to be part of the Andrews Labor Government that is committed to giving youth a voice through a variety of different initiatives such as Youth Summit and Youth Parliament.”