Grants are now on offer to help make 2023 Youth Week (20-30 April) an epic celebration in Lake Macquarie.
Skate festivals, drama workshops and colour runs have all brought the annual nationwide program to life in the past.
Now, it is time for some new inspiration.
The program, aimed at encouraging young people to have their voices heard, needs an assortment of events and activities to fill its 2023 itinerary.
Lake Macquarie City Council community planner youth and safer communities Tony Ellitt is encouraging not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants of up to $1000 now, to kickstart planning.
“Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express themselves, have their voices heard and act on issues facing their generation,” he said.
“It’s important that youth across Lake Mac have an outlet to create and engage with events and activations that represent their ideas, aspirations and values.”
Youth Week began as a NSW Government initiative in 1989, before becoming nationwide in 2000.
It has since grown to be a celebration of young people aged 12 to 24, opportunity the opportunity to share ideas, attend live events, be heard on issues of concern, showcase talents, take part in competitions and celebrate their contribution to the community.
In 2019, an estimated 73,900 young people participated in more than 740 events of varying size during Youth Week.
Applications that aim to deliver social and cultural outcomes for youth in the community will be considered in the grant application process.
“We want engagement right across the youth spectrum and for people to think outside the box when it comes to their proposed activities,” Mr Ellitt said.
Grant applications can be lodged online at lakemac.com.au before 5pm Friday 16 December.
A grants committee will meet in early 2023 to review applications, with recommendations for funding to go before council around February.
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