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The 2021 Victorian Youth Week and What it is All About

Entitled, noisy, impatient – this is how older people view the youth these days. Although it could be true to some kids, it’s not always the case. Sometimes, these kids are the ones who take the lead.

For the fourth year in a row, Victoria is celebrating the Victorian Youth Week wherein the skills and contributions of all the young Victorians are highlighted. On March 9th, Minister for Youth Ros Spence announced the opening of the year’s grants for the youth amounting to $2,000 available to councils, as well as organizations and schools within the community in order to support the delivery of events.

From the 26th of June till the 2nd of July, Victorian Youth Week will be held. So what is the Victorian Youth Week all about? The Victorian Youth Week is an annual event established to recognize the achievements and contributions, plus experiences of young Victorians aged 12 to 25 years old. This event is in partnership with young people for young people and for them to express themselves and have their voices be heard. Whether it’s their talents or skills, this event will encourage the youth to become more proactive and take part in the ongoing conversation about society.

The grants are accessible to all young people, and the events are open to young people, refugees and asylum seekers, Aboriginal youth, and those from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as those with disabilities and even those who belong to the LGBTIQ+ community. The disadvantaged youth is also highly encouraged to take part in.

Safe and secure housing for the youth at risk of homelessness

What can the participants expect in this event?

In 2020, the event consisted of photography exhibitions, mural creations, film competitions, cultural events, community festivals, sporting events, workshops, and forums. There was also an Afghan youth that was organized by the Shamama Association for Australia which is an online gaming tournament, plus a MasterChef competition. As for this year, since the pandemic is still here, it’s necessary to follow protocols. Any event funded to push through this year is required to comply with COVID-19 health advice at the time of delivery, and if required, a virtual setting must be adapted so there should be a capacity to demonstrate.

Minister for Youth, Ros Spence adds, “after a difficult year for young people, it never been more important to celebrate the achievements of young Victorians and help them connect with their community and each other.”

The Victorian Youth Week grant applications are available only until, April 12th at 11:59pm. For more information, check out this website https://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/victorian-youth-week-2021-grants.

Young people are the ones who will lead and inspire others in the future, so we must encourage and support them to be the best that they can be. Otherwise, we will get stuck. Our youth is the future so we must do our part.

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