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Youth Week 2022

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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Youth Week in NSW 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.

If you’re aged between 12–25, Youth Week is an opportunity to:

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have your voice heard on issues of concern to you
  • showcase your talents
  • celebrate your contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • have fun!

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

Young people across the state are involved in planning and organising activities and events such as forums, debates, photography exhibitions, fitness activities, writing competitions, hip hop dance classes and concerts.

Last year more than 100,000 young people participated in more than 900 local activities and events across NSW.

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

Young people in Parramatta have identified the following as on-going concerns for them:

  • Youth homelessness
  • Employment
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • LGBTQI equality
  • Equality for people with disability
  • Discrimination & Racism
  • Access to accurate and timely information

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.

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Youth Week 2022 Activities
  • High Street Youth Health Service - Online Art Workshops

    High Street Youth Health Service will be hosting on-line arts workshops for young people during Youth Week. The workshops will focus on sexual health, mental health, employment, and be an interactive and creative entry point for young people to reconnect with peers and other resources. Art materials will be delivered to the participants home so they can fully participate in the online activities. 

    Karabi Community and Development Services - Youth Camp

    A youth camp will be held on 8 – 10 April at Y Camp Yarramundi. In consultation with young people, it has been identified that an opportunity to ‘catch up’ off site would be a good opportunity to re-connect and engage through a series of activities that support health and welling, explore opportunities to build confidence and re connect with peers and build relationships post COVID-19.  

    The Y (Assertive Outreach) and Telopea Connections partners - Drop-in Youth Week Activities

    Building on Telopea’s youth engagement strategy, Youth Week 2022 activities have been designed to enable young people to reconnect in a safe and supportive space. Activities will be held on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April at Dundas Area Neighbourhood Centre from 2.30pm - 6:00pm. Activities will include, art, music activities facilitated by ICE, interactive games and a quiet space for those who want just to hang out.

    Emerging Civic Leaders Program

    Council is working in partnership with Ripple to build on the success of last year’s Civic Leadership program by delivering another 6-week program, with the kick-off session scheduled for 14 April 2022. The program will work with young people from Parramatta LGA to: 

    • explore young people’s agency to influence change in their local communities
    • put lessons learned into action through the creation of peer engagement
    • empower young people to harness their agency to solve future challenges

    For more information please contact:
    Hatice Vural, Community Place Development Officer

    Phone: 9806 5104 

  • Art in the Park – Photography for Youth

    Participants will pick up professional tips on seeing landscapes, wildlife, architecture & heritage in a new light.

    Parramatta Park provides the perfect canvas for a photography workshop; the “People’s Park” features heritage buildings, sweeping vistas, native plants and wildlife, plus scope for action shots and portraits, all in a World Heritage listed landscape. Curious and creative minds will have the opportunity to picture the park in a new light.

    Date: Wednesday 13 April
    Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
    Cost: $10

    Book here
    Young Archaeologists

    Participants will be able to test their archaeological skills through recording actual artefacts, piecing together the evidence they provide to draw your own conclusions and visit archaeological sites in the Parramatta CBD. Major redevelopment in the City of Parramatta has provided a rare opportunity for leading archaeologists to excavate a range of significant sites across the city, delivering amazing insights into our First Nations and colonial past.

    Young people will join an experienced guide on this exclusive activity, discovering the significance of stratigraphy; participating in scientific examination of genuine artefacts and gaining access to key sites which shine a light on the intriguing stories being unearthed in the CBD. They will also have the opportunity to meet archaeologists involved in the excavations.

    Date: Sunday 22 May
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    Cost: $10

    This is event has been created for young people, but it does not take place during Youth Week.

    Book here
  • Family Virtual Reality Fun

    Experience the latest Virtual Reality technology and unlock new skills and superpowers by playing fun VR simulations and games all for free. The best players will get a prize! The day will include fun virtual reality games. Attendees will be interviewed about their experience for an upcoming art exhibition at Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library to go on display in May.

    Date: Saturday 9 April
    Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm
    Cost: Free

    Book here
    Creative Writing Workshop

    WestWords and WestLit Libraries, as part of the 2022 Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize, are offering free 90-minute creative writing workshops. These workshops are intended to help writers gain confidence and skills in their creative writing, especially with such a large-scale writing prize just around the corner.

    Date: Tuesday 12 April
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm (Fully booked)
    Cost: Free

    Book here
    Drama With Shopfront Arts

    From drama games and exercises, to improvisation, storytelling and confidence building, this workshop has a little bit of everything! The fast paced, creative space is perfect for anyone wanting to explore drama, use their imaginations and come up with some wild ideas. No experience necessary.

    Date: Tuesday 12 April
    Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm 
    Cost: Free

    Book here
    Dance With Shopfront Arts

    This one-off workshop is the perfect way to get your body moving. Whether you've had years of experience, or trying dance out for the first time, Lana will guide your through a creative workshop, exploring different styles and techniques. Presented by Shopfront Arts and Wentworth Point Community Centre and Library.

    Date: Wednesday 13 April
    Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm 
    Cost: Free

    Book here
  • Sphero BOLT robotic and coding workshop (12-16 years)

    This hands-on workshop will have participants exploring Spheros – a special robotic ball which is controlled by an app. Participants will be taught how to connect to a device and control the Sphero using the drive, block coding or text coding functions on the Sphero app. Places in this free workshop are limited, so book early to avoid missing out.

    Date: Wednesday 13 April
    Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
    Cost: Free

    Book here
    Living Stories: Creative Writing for Grades 7-10

    City of Parramatta Libraries in partnership with WestWords, invites you to Living Stories - a free 90 minute creative writing workshop that’ll arm you with the confidence and skills to write better and learn from some of the best writers out there. Special guest author Will Kostakis will be teaching you the joy of writing. Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults, best known for The First Third, The Sidekicks and the Monuments duology. An advocate for young readers and writers, Will was awarded the 2020 Maurice Saxby Award by the School Library Association of New South Wales for service to children’s and young adult literature.

    Date: Wednesday 20 April
    Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm
    Cost: Free

    This is event has been created for young people, but it does not take place during Youth Week.

    Book here