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Youth Week 2023

Council is committed to building a city that is welcoming and inclusive of young people and to increase participation of and accountability to young people in our operational activities. 

Youth Week in Parramatta

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NSW Youth Week is a week-long celebration held in early April each year that is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across the state.

Each year City of Parramatta Council works in partnership with young people, service providers, schools, and businesses. We provide support to local Youth Week projects and initiatives by resourcing the planning, development and evaluation of activities and events.

This year the City of Parramatta Youth week program will take place from 20-30 April. Council has partnered with local groups, young people, and organisations to deliver a range of programs and activities across the 10 days.

Young people are encouraged to embrace this year's theme: ‘Connect. Participate. Celebrate’.

If you’re between 12-24 years of age and live in Parramatta, don’t miss your chance to get involved in the great line-up of programs and activities happenings across the City. 

Information about National Youth Week projects in New South Wales including a list of local community events and activities can be found at the Youth Week website.


2023 Youth Week activities

See below for the full list of programs and activities happening in Parramatta:
  • Youth Week 2023 City of Creatives competition

    When: 17 March – 15 April
    Where: Wentworth Point Community Centre & Library

    As a part of National Youth Week, the City of Parramatta is inviting Young Creatives (12 to 24 years) who work, study, stay or play in the City of Parramatta Council area to be a part of our inaugural "City of Creatives" competition.   
    There are 3 categories for submissions and tons of prizes to be won!

    Categories include:

    Visual:  Film/Video
    Art: Drawing, Painting, Craft
    Audio/Written: Music, Production, Song writing, Creative Writing

    Exhibition of all approved submissions will be displayed during Youth Week (20 April to 30 April 2023) at the Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library.

    Find out more
    Living Stories Writing Workshops

    When: 20 – 30 April
    Where: Various Parramatta Library locations

    Do you love writing or do you have a story to tell? Register and attend one of our free Creative Writing Workshops to develop your writing skills! All participants will be mentored by an author/illustrator who has worked in the industry and prepared to submit their work to the West Words Living Stories 2023 writing competition 'The Other City'. Winners will be announced in June and their work published in the West Words yearly anthology.

    Find out more
  • Youth Expo

    When: Wednesday, 19 April, 2:00pm – 4:30pm 
    Where: High Street Youth Health Services, 65 High Street, Harris Park

    Come along to share a meal, meet new people and participate in creative workshops which have been designed and facilitated by young people. 

    Local services will be available at the expo for young people to engage with. Young people will also be able to take home a free show bag!

    Find out more
  • Youth Expo

    When: Friday, 21 April, 11:00am – 4:00pm
    Where: Parramatta Y Space, 25 Argyle Street, Parramatta 

    Come along to this free and fun packed youth expo at Parramatta Y Space! There will be stalls, fun activities, music and a BBQ!  

    Find out more
  • The NSW Igniting Your Spark Workshop

    When: Wednesday 26 April, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
    Where: Western Sydney Startup Hub, 5 Fleet Street, North Parramatta 

    Igniting Your Spark is an interactive workshop where students will have the opportunity to use entrepreneurship and innovation to solve global problems. Students will also have the opportunity to learn a variety of public speaking techniques. 

    During Igniting Your Spark, students will learn about the world of entrepreneurship and start their very own business or social change movement. 

    Find out more
  • Ripple Activation Program

    When: 20 – 30 April
    Where: Various locations across Parramatta LGA

    Activating peer led community participation in Parramatta.

    Parramatta activation program, designed and led by young people, will provide pathways to career, community and civic participation.

    More information on specific projects to be announced soon

    Find out more
  • A series of outings

    When: 20 – 30 April
    Where: Various locations
    Who: Young people living in or near Constitution Hill

    Karabi in consultation with local young people and those attending Pendle Hill High School (PHHS) will run a series of outings to support young people in navigating social expectations and connecting to their local community. The outings will include trips to Luna park, bowling, laser tag and the movies.

    Young people living in or near Constitution Hill can register.

    Phone: 9631 6575

    Find out more
  • When: 20 – 30 April
    Where: Online via Participate Parramatta

    At Council, we are always striving to improve our services and in particular want to make sure that we are delivering projects and activities that are right for the young people that live, study, work or visit our great city.

    Aged 12-24? Get involved today and help us to shape youth friendly spaces and activities in our city!

    All participants that supply an email address will automatically go into a randomised draw to win one of three $100 gift vouchers.

    Visit Participate Parramatta today!

2023 Highlights

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Young Citizen of the Year recipient

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Zyntaurus Donna-Aroon – 2023 Young Citizen of the Year

“Communities are as varied as the individuals in them. Help build the community that best represents you!”

Young Citizen of the Year recipient


Zyntaurus has been a member of the Baludarri Wetland Bushcare Group since 2011. He first joined the City of Parramatta Bushcare Volunteer Program as a Scout, and since 2020 has taken on the role as Convenor of the group.

Zyntaurus has gone above and beyond removing weeds, planting native local plants, and removing rubbish to transform a defunct landfill site into a viable salt marsh. He inspires younger volunteers like himself to join environmental fields and Bushcare programs to ensure lands and waterways are protected for years to come.

He is also involved with the Parramatta River Catchment Group; assisted with the successful running of the Refugee Alternatives Conference; and in 2022 won the Youth Award for Bushcare. Through his efforts, Zyntaurus has positively benefitted both the local community and environment, showing what can be done to help protect and promote bushlands.

Learn more about the Citizen of the Year awards


Contact us

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For any enquiries, please contact Council’s Community Capacity Building Team. 

Contact: Deb
Phone: (02) 98065138

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