Glenorchy youth alive and kicking at local celebration

MORE than 450 of Glenorchy’s youth made their voices heard during National Youth Week when they converged on Tolosa Park for the Alive in the Park celebration in April.

The event comprised a youth expo, skate clinic, examples of youth services, live music, dancing, graffiti art, conversation pods, free food, appearances by the Hobart Chargers basketball players and a YMCA Skate Park League competition.

The event was organised for young people, by young people, with an eight-member working group meeting over six-weeks to plan the activities.

On the day, young people performed key roles, acting as site managers, comperes, hospitality representatives and community liaison officers.

National Youth Week working group member Dakoda Leary said the day was a “great success.”

“Being a part of the working group was a great experience for me,” she said.

“I was valued for my skills in a youth-led event that was a smashing success and had the opportunity to work with other young people to deliver it.

“On behalf on the organisers, I thank everyone who attended.”

Glenorchy City Council commissioner Sue Smith said Alive in the Park was a major celebration for young people and commended all those who were involved in the organisation.

“The working group did a fantastic job putting together an appealing and entertaining program for the day,” she said.

“The politicians, youth service representatives and others attending the event were able to hear the views, thoughts and ideas of young people and our youth had the opportunity to interact and enjoy some wonderful activities and entertainment.

Commissioner Smith said it was events such as this that enabled young people to have a voice, learn new abilities, showcase their talents and grow in confidence.

“A key aim of National Youth Week was to give young people aged between 12 and 25-years an opportunity to express their ideas and views, raise issues of concern, act on issues that affect their lives and create and enjoy entertainment and events,” she said.

“Our celebration was developed with this in mind and to celebrate and recognise the contribution and value of young people to our community.”

Alive in the Park was held in partnership between the Glenorchy City Council, YMCA Hobart, the Migrant Resource Centre and Cosgrove High School and was funded with a National Youth Week grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Caption: Cosgrove students enjoying Glenorchy’s National Youth Week event, Alive in the Park.