Message from Hon Peter Styles, Minister for Young Territorians
As the Minister for Young Territorians, I am fortunate to be able to see the contributions that young people are making to ensure we maintain a vibrant Territory, and I am looking forward to seeing these young Territorians getting involved with National Youth Week 2015.
National Youth Week is the perfect opportunity for young people to show off their skills, talents, share ideas, raise issues of concern and in turn, be recognised by their community.
The recent release of the Northern Territory Youth Participation Framework highlights the importance of young people to the future development of the Territory. The Framework points out the need to focus on young Territorians making positive choices, connecting with community and celebrating youth culture. I am positive that National Youth Week will be an ideal time for young Territorians to do exactly that.
We are incredibly fortunate to have Ms Sharnie Roberts on board as the 2015 NT National Youth Week Young Member. Sharnie, who is 21 years old, is the Indigenous Engagement Officer at Headspace Darwin and will be busy in the lead up to National Youth Week helping to plan and promote the celebrations.
In 2014, over 6000 young Territorians attended local events such as live music gigs, comedy workshops, sporting activities, leadership sessions and dance and drama workshops, and I can guarantee that this year will see a whole range of fun, engaging and developmental opportunities for our young people.
The 2015 theme for the ten-day celebration is It starts with us and I strongly encourage all young people to get out there and plan their own event, attend activities and use these celebrations to get your voices heard.