Celebrations are being held across the state to shine a spotlight on the talents and contributions of young Queenslanders as National Youth Week kicks off.
Communities Minister Tracy Davis said the initiative was another way for the Government to revitalise frontline services as promised at the election and connect young Queenslanders to the opportunities in this great state.
“National Youth Week celebrates the achievements of young people and improves their connections to their local communities,” Ms Davis said.
“The week also allows young people to highlight their issues and concerns, express their ideas and opinions and to celebrate their contributions.
“This year’s Youth Week runs from 4 to 13 April under the theme Our Voice. Our Impact.”
Ms Davis said the Queensland Government had partnered with Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC) to co-ordinate National Youth Week celebrations and there were lots of ways to get involved.
“Our partnership with PCYC allows a connection with young Queenslanders that did not exist under the former Labor government,” she said.
“In the lead-up to Youth Week, PCYC organised a series of art workshops and I encourage everyone to view the art in two Brisbane exhibitions.
“Artworks will be displayed at Queensland Parliament House from 8 to 17 April and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley from 5 to 11 April.
“Other activities include an iPad mini competition, in which young Queenslanders aged 12–25 are encouraged to share a photo of themselves holding a National Youth Week speech bubble with their own message inspired by the theme Our Voice. Our Impact.
“From today until Sunday 13 April, entries can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #nywQLD.”
More information about the competition and Youth Week in Queensland is available at www.pcyc.org.au/youthweek
National Youth Week is an annual event held in April each year, and in Queensland it is jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth governments.