Victoria Celebrates National Youth Week 1-10 April 2011

Victoria Celebrates National Youth Week 1-10 April 2011

Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith

National Youth Week Grants Help Young Victorians To ‘Own It’

Victor P Taffa

Young People across Victoria will have the chance to display their talents to their friends, family and peers thanks to Victorian Government grants for National Youth Week 2011.

Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith, today announced more than $165,000 in National Youth Week grants to support 84 events and activities that will run from 1-10 April during the biggest celebration of young people in Australia.

“National Youth Week provides a wonderful opportunity for young people across the country to celebrate and be acknowledged for their contributions to their community, and our National Youth Week grants will help young Victorians be part of it.” Mr. Smith said.

“The grants will support young people to use their creative talents to run a range of activities everything from community festivals, art workshops and skate and scooter demonstrations to award nights and film festivals.”


“In 2010, more than 20,000 young Victorians took part in the celebrations and we hope even more will get involved this year.”

Mr. Smith said 84 organisations across Victoria would receive a $2,000 grant to run a National Youth Week project in 2011, which would involve local young people working in partnership with local councils, community organisations or schools.

“The Victorian National Youth Week grants support diverse groups of young people aged 12 to 25 to organise local projects, events and activities for other young people.” Mr. Smith said.

“The theme for National Youth Week 2011 is ‘Own it’ and these communities are supporting young people to do exactly that celebrating their talents, ideas, contributions and achievements.”

“Young people from across Victoria helped to assess the grant applications, so they really do ‘own’ the celebrations.”

The National Youth Week 2011 grants have been made available through a partnership between the Victorian Government, Australian Government and beyondblue: the national depression initiative, through its Youthbeyondblue Program.

The Grants were split into two categories, including:

  • Grants for young people working with an organisation to deliver a local Community-Based Project;
  • Grants for young people working with an organisation to deliver an event that raises awareness of depression and anxiety (supported by Youthbeyondblue).

beyondblue CEO, Dawn O’Neil, said this was the sixth year beyondblue had supported National Youth Week and they were pleased to have the opportunity to reach so many young people.

“We encourage young people to look for the signs of depression and anxiety, listen to what their friends are saying, talk about what’s going on and seek help together.” Ms. O’Neil said.

“The theme for National Youth Week is ‘Own it’, so be active and remember to take care of your mental and physical health. Look after your friends and if you’re concerned, don’t put off talking to someone who may be going through a tough time.”

The Hon. Jeff Kennett, beyondblue Chairman, said National Youth Week was a good time to think about supporting young people who may be feeling worried and stressed.

“I urge all young people to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, and look for those signs in themselves, their friends and family members.” Mr. Kennett said.

Each year a Victorian young member is selected to represent the state in planning National Youth Week celebrations and as media spokesperson. The young member for 2011, Laura John, encouraged young people to take part in planning and organising events in their community.

“There are amazing young people doing and achieving amazing things all over Victoria National Youth Week is our chance to showcase and celebrate these achievements.” Ms. John said.

“I’m really looking forward to participating in the celebrations in April this year. From street festivals to forums there’ll be something for every young Victorian.”

For information about depression, anxiety and related disorders, call the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 4636 (local call cost).


WA Premier Colin Barnett With Beyond Blue Chaitrman Jeff Kennett

WA Premier Colin Barnett With beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett