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Youth Week activities engage region’s young people

Youth Week activities engage region’s young people

Freeling’s Samantha Mitchell is no stranger to Youth Week celebrations and has been heavily involved in a wide range of its activities each year for the past
four years.

The 22 Year old has calculated that she will have completed 109 hours worth of volunteer work from the beginning to the end of this year’s National Youth Week.

This year the theme of Youth Week centres around the slogan ‘Our Voice, Our Impact’.

Running from April 4-13, Youth Week provides young people from the ages of 12-25 with the chance to participate in exciting community based activities.

On Friday night Kapunda hosted an outdoor cinema screening of Despicable Me as well as laser skirmish, a DJ and a Sumo suit activity.

This was followed by the Nite Sk8 ’14 event held at Nuriootpa Skate Park on Saturday evening.

On Monday night, The Barossa Council ran a free one-hour presentation for parents and the community with information about navigating teenage depression.

A following seminar ran on Tuesday night for young people, helping to give an insight into issues such as depression, Bipolar disorder, pressures faced by teenagers and the ways in which to seek help and help others who may
be suffering.

Having been involved in a variety of youth based activities since becoming a member of Youth Parliament six years ago, Sam encourages young people to become involved in their communities and suggests they join their local Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

“These committees are always looking for members and new ideas,” she said. “Little actions can create big change, it’s as simple as showing up to meetings or activities to join in.”

Sam believes that young people play essential roles within their communities and that it is important to acknowledge and celebrate these roles.

“Youth Week provides a chance for communities to engage and celebrate regardless of age,” Sam said.

For the full story, grab April 9 edition of The Leader.