SA set to ‘Jump N Jive’ for National Youth Week
Hundreds of young people are about to converge on The Parks for the launch party to kick off National Youth Week.
Acting Youth Minister Tony Piccolo said the launch begins at 4pm at the Parks Theatre, Angle Park and will set the scene for a week of celebrating, inspiring and engaging young South Australians.
"This year's theme is Jump N Jive: It starts with us and today's launch will feature dance and skating workshops, as well as short films, roller derby scrimmage, market stalls, food trucks and music," Mr Piccolo said.
"National Youth Week gets bigger and better every year and 2015 is no exception, with about 100 activities across the state.
"I encourage all young people to get along and support this fantastic opening event."
Some of the events occurring across South Australia include a Battle of the Bands and song writing competition at Tea Tree Gully, outdoor cinemas at Two Wells and Mallala, an Xtreme Beach Day at Elliston, Bollywood dance and henna workshops at Yankalilla and cooking workshops with celebrity chef Callum Hann in Bordertown.
Mr Piccolo said the events give communities a chance to come together and celebrate the positive contributions young people make.
"It also gives young people a great platform to try something new, explore important issues and share their talents through different forms of expression," he said.
"There's an event for everyone and an interactive online calendar of events to help people find something near them.
"We want as many young people as possible to get on-board and check out a Youth Week event organised by their peers."
South Australia's 2015 National Youth Week Ambassador, 19-year-old Ms Maria Hull from Salisbury, will play a major role in state celebrations.
"Every National Youth Week event is free so we can all get involved," she said.
"It's our chance to have a voice, be recognised and make a positive impact in our community.
"My message is that it's something that you don't want to miss - so map out where your local events are and make sure you and your friends go to as many as possible.
"This week really is what we make it - it starts with us!"
Youth Week runs from 10 - 19 April and the online calendar of events is available at www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au or at the National Youth Week in South Australia Facebook page www.facebook.com/NYWSA.