26 September 2023

Youth Week practices ‘Courage to Change’

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Youth Week WA, which ends on Saturday, (16 April) is a feature of the Government’s effort to encourage young people to form their own opinions, shape decision-making and enact change.

The Week is recognised as the biggest celebration of young people aged 10-to-25 years, on the Western Australian youth calendar.

Organised by the Department of Communities, the theme of this year’s Youth Week is Courage to Change – Booraka Korangan-ak.

Developed in consultation with the Young People’s Planning Committee, it is a call to action for young people to boldly enact change.

The celebration includes a number of virtual activities as part of the KickstART Festival, run in partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA.

Each year, two WA Youth Week Ambassadors are selected to be the voice of young people during the celebrations.

They participate in the committee that plans a range of activities during the week, facilitated by Propel Youth Arts. They also develop strategies to get more young people involved in Youth Week WA.

The 2022 Youth Week ambassadors are Amy Astill (20), from Kalgoorlie and Amber Ugle-Hayward (22), who has lived in many places throughout the State.

Ms Astill is studying at the University of Western Australia and works as the Operations Coordinator at the Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre. She is also a Youth Mentor for both the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council and the Salvation Army Shed Project.

Ms Ugle-Hayward is a Noongar woman. She has achieved a Certificate III in Government and Certificates I and II in Business and is an Administrative Coordinator with the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

The Festival events calendar can be accessed at this PS News link.

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