This month, events will be organised all across Victoria to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.
Victorian Youth Week, formerly National Youth Week, is a week-long celebration of young people aged 12 to 25. It opens on Friday 13 April, and runs until Sunday 22 April.
During these ten days, the Victorian Government is supporting 109 organisations to stage more than 130 free events for young people across Victoria, ranging from music performances and art exhibitions to skate and bmx competitions.
It gives young people an opportunity to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It is also a chance to have a lot of fun and celebrate the positive contributions young people make.
Some of the places to go for scheduled activities include:
STACC Block Party, St Albans Community Centre, 309C Main Road, St Albans, Saturday 14 April 1pm-4pm
M-City 3v3 Basketball Comp, Melton Indoor Rec Centre, 209 Coburns Road, Melton, Thursday 12 April 7.30am-2pm
M-City 3v3 Basketball Comp, Caroline Springs Indoor Rec Centre, Sunday 22 April 9am-2.30pm
Whitehorse Youth Festival, Box Hill Mall, Main Street, Box Hill, Friday 20 April 2pm-6pm
Box Hill South Skate Park, corner of Canterbury and Middleborough Roads, Box Hill South, Tuesday 17 April, 4pm-6pm
Council websites are strongly promoting Youth Week, so you can find plenty of information there about local events.
For statewide information, try the interactive map of Victoria at www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved/youth-programs-and-events/victorian-youth-week. This contains details on events and contacts.