National Youth Week: “It Starts With Us!”

10352260_10152886596732402_6201984091384179836_nCalling all young people in Australia! (Yes, that’s you!) This week we take part in the largest celebration of young people in Australia as we welcome National Youth Week 2015!

Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia are involved in NYW each year.

Those with a keen interest in the history of NYW and who are enthusiastic about getting young people’s voices heard, rejoice in this year’s NYW theme: it starts with us.

Launched on Friday the 10th of April by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan, and running in every state and territory until Sunday 19 April, anyone aged 12 to 25 can get involved in an absolutely massive variety of exhibitions, shows, competitions and terrific events.

What is National Youth Week?

The very first National Youth Week was held back in 2000 with the theme: “Count Me In”. National Youth Week is coordinated by the Department of Education in collaboration with the departments responsible for youth affairs in each state and territory. NYW celebrates young people in Australia with a program of activities and events developed by the community and young people – for young people.

National Youth Week is an annual event celebrating young people across Australia. Image:

How Can We Get Involved?

An integral part of this year’s celebrations is the NYW social media live wall currently available on the NYW website.

Just how can you get involved? Simply use the #NYW15 hashtag to tweet your NYW news and images for publication on the live wall. This is the perfect opportunity for young Australians to embrace the 2015 theme of It starts with us and jump on board the most epic celebration of young people in Australia.

The best way to get in the NYW mix is by contacting your local state or territory office at the NYW Around Australia page on the website, or via the NYW Facebook and Twitter pages.

Also, make sure you take a look at this year’s Young Members who helped organize and design this year’s NYW theme, including the NYW promotional video.

To see the shortlist of this year’s National Youth Awards finalists (where the winners will be announced this Thursday) click here.

NYW Around Australia

To find out what fun and fantastic events & activities are being held in your State, follow this link.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan

2015 National Youth Week Message

National Youth Week, which began in 2000, is Australia’s largest celebration of young people.

Over the past 15 years it has expanded to all areas of Australia – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns – meaning all Australians aged 12-25 years can participate.

Young people not only have the opportunity to participate in a great range of activities during National Youth Week, but they can get involved in planning and organising the week’s festivities.

The theme for National Youth Week 2015 is ‘It starts with us’. The theme was chosen by the Young Members of the National Planning Group following discussions with their peers.

The theme will hopefully inspire young people to make a difference, whether by themselves or as part of a group. Every week, scores of young Australians contribute to their local community by volunteering with the fire brigade, umpiring junior sporting teams or learning new skills through Scouts or Girl Guides.

National Youth Week culminates in the National Youth Awards, which recognise achievement across a broad range of categories.

I encourage young Australians to seek out activities in your local area and get involved in National Youth Week 2015.

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education

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