Youth Week to engage

By Benalla Ensign

Young people from Benalla and across Victoria will be celebrated and recognised with more than 100 activities across the state during Victorian Youth Week in April.

Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the successful grant recipients for Victorian Youth Week 2018, which will run from April 13 to 22.

It will be the first time the event is run and the hope is that it will fill the gap left after the Federal Government scrapped funding for National Youth Week, forcing states and territories to go it alone.

The successful Victorian Youth Week recipients will organise activities that engage young people and provide them with opportunities to express their ideas and be heard in their community, such as art exhibitions, musical performances, cultural celebrations and forums.

The Victorian Government is providing more than $200000 to local community organisations, schools and councils to run activities for young people in metropolitan and regional areas during Victorian Youth Week 2018.

It includes more than 50 activities in metropolitan Melbourne and nearly 60 grants in regional Victoria.

An example of an activity being run during National Youth Week is the ‘‘Giving Everyone a Fair Go — Wheelchair Basketball’’.

That event invites young people to facilitate a wheelchair basketball workshop with years 5 and 6 students.

Activities are aimed at those aged 12 to 25 and will be held in safe environments that are alcohol, drug and smoke free.

The Victorian Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria sets out a plan to increase engagement with young people and embeds the voice of young people in building an even better Victoria.

●For more information about 2018 Victorian Youth Week, visit