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Youth given the reins for annual Youth Week celebrations

THE value of young people in the Clarence community was celebrated during Youth Week with a free event from local service providers.

The inaugural event was hosted by Clarence Council Youth Services, Youth Network Advisory Group (YNAG) and prefects from Clarence High School.

The collaboration meant that a range of ideas from across Clarence could be brought together to plan an event that would appeal to young people, from a young person’s perspective.

The event was held on the oval at Clarence High School and offered entertainment, popular inflatable activities and games, plus information stalls from important youth resources, including youth mental health support service Headspace.

Karadi Aboriginal Organisation attended presenting its Deadly Choice program, as well as Mission Australia Youth Beat that provided entertainment and education.

A nurse from the Education Department was also on-site to offer free health advice.

Clarence City Council Mayor Doug Chipman said being a young person in 2021 could bring many opportunities but also challenges that were not understood by all.

“The youth in Clarence have so much to offer our community both now and in the future, and it is important that they feel supported and acknowledged,” he said.

“A lot of effort was put into this event by local young people, who were supported by council staff, and they should all feel proud of what they achieved by putting something of this size together.

“I think it is a sign that our future is in good hands.”

Positive feedback was received from the young attendees and it is hoped that a similar event can be held next year during Youth Week, building on what was achieved this year.

YNAG is a committee of council for young people in Clarence and helps to provide a stronger voice for people aged 12 to 24 in the community.

The group, who meet fortnightly, are seeking new members to join and help shape the decisions which affect young people.

YNAG works with council on projects, and events like Youth Day, and are given opportunities to learn skills that can be used throughout their lives.

For more information or to join the group, contact the Clarence Council Youth Services Coordinator on youthservices@ccc.tas.gov.au or 6247 1230.