Youth in the spotlight

IT’S about both ends of the spectrum this week. While the NSW Seniors Festival is in full swing, Youth Week NSW also kicks off in Tamworth on Friday, with an array of activities on offer.
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So why is it important to show our support?

With some pretty scary youth suicide rates, it’s essential our young people are equipped with all they need to deal with this world – not just half-paced – but head-on.

To deal with pressures stemming from things like family breakdown and bullying, both in person and in the cyber ether, or life in general.

There’ll be workshops to help young people tackle self esteem issues, to feel engaged, to feel supported, even to feel pretty.

It’s also about getting young people together – just to talk – becausesometimes that’s all they need –someone to talk to.

On Friday there’ll be a Youth Summit, where government policy makers and other organisations will hopefully sit and listen, and take note.

The guest speaker will be Benson Saulo, who in 2011 became the first Indigenous Australian youthrepresentative to the United Nations.

He has a special link to our area, as he grew up here.

He’s helping to lead young people in discussions on climate change, mental health, and, of course, youth suicide.

A street festival – a celebration of our youth – will wrap it all up on Saturday (April 16).

We have some excellent, caring organisations in this area taking the lead in youth related matters.

They’re doing a fantastic job,alongside local service providers to reach out to young people.

Ultimately, will it make a difference?

Let’s hope so.

Let’s hope so, for our children’s future – even our children’s children.

Isn’t a positive future what everyparent wants for their child?

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