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Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith

2012 National Youth Week Young Member Announced

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Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith announced that 21 year old Frankston student Stephanie Raike was chosen as the 2012 Victorian National Youth Week Young Member.

“Ms. Raike will represent Victoria on the National Youth Week National Planning Group which shapes Australia’s premier youth event.” Mr. Smith said.

“Ms. Raike will draw upon her experience as a volunteer with the Salvation Army’s Youth Street Teams as well as her part-time position as an L-2-P coordinator which provides opportunities for disadvantaged young people to obtain their probationary driver licence.

“Ms. Raike brings to the role a passion that young people, of all social backgrounds, participate in their local community. She is a great model for other young people seeking to learn new skills through study mentoring and volunteer work.” Mr. Smith said.


As a member of organisations such as the Oaktree Foundation, Youth Advisory Council of Victoria (YACVic) and Amnesty International Ms. Raike said it was important for young people to inspire each other in making the world a better place.

“We all have a role to play whether it’s being a netball coach, volunteering with the Salvation Army or being informed about issues impacting young people and then doing something to make a difference.” Ms. Raike said.

The Victorian Coalition Government has supported National Youth Week with $165,000 in grants.

“Our National Youth Week grants will help young Victorians participate in National Youth Week which provides a wonderful opportunity for young people across the country to celebrate and be acknowledged for their contributions to their community.”

Held in April, National Youth Week is Australia’s biggest youth event with celebrations taking place all over the country. Youth Week showcases the contributions and talents of young people. It provides an opportunity for young people to have their voices heard in the wider community.


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