Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in Victoria

Young Victorians launched National Youth Week in style at a rock festival in ACDC Lane, Melbourne.

Youth Affairs Minister James Merlino today urged all young Victorians to rise to the challenge set by this year’s theme and ‘Live it Now!’

“National  Youth Week is the one time of year where the whole of the nation comes  together to celebrate our young people – it’s a chance for all young Australians  to get involved, have a say and celebrate the fantastic things they do for their communities,” Mr Merlino said.

“Young people will use fashion, art, film, music and more to stage events and highlight issues that matter to them such as body image, cultural diversity and mental health.”

Mr Merlino said 76 local government and community organisations received more than $162,000 in funding for the delivery of initiatives and events to celebrate National Youth Week in 2010.

“A  ‘youth  week’  has been happening in some way, shape or form in various states  across  Australia  since  1989,  before  the Australian Government, state,  territory and local governments started up a National Youth Week in 2000,” Mr Merlino said.

Each state and territory appoints a young member to represent their state on a National Youth Planning Group to advise and assist in the coordination of National Youth Week and to be a spokesperson for their state.

Victoria’s Young Member Micah Scott has been selected as Victoria’s representative on the National Youth Planning Group.

“Youth Week is all about highlighting the achievements of young people, and showcasing the contributions we’re making,” Mr Scott said. 

“I’ve been involved in quite a few youth roles recently and it constantly amazes me how motivated we are and how young people are constantly making significant changes.

Being on board for Youth Week 2010 is really exciting, because it gives me the chance to show everyone what young people in Victoria are achieving.

Mr Merlino said events and celebrations promise to provide entertainment for everyone and include BMX and skate competitions, fashion shows, music and cultural festivals, art exhibitions, forums and market days, as well as official opening and closing events.

The Brumby Labor Government has partnered with beyondblue: the national depression initiative and the Commonwealth Government to support National Youth Week. 

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