National Youth Week

South East Community Link’s SEAAC team delivered a powerful National Youth Week at the Oakleigh Hall on Friday 8 April which brought together 70 young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

A special mention to Year 10 students Ishan Vir and Rabel Kaka were instrumental in the day. Rabel was one of the MC’s and Ishan set up and assisted in the overall organisation. They were both fantastic.  It was wonderful to see the boys engaging and interacting with so many people- young people and service providers all day long. Rabel was brave enough to also tell part of his story on the day.

“Hear our Voices” was the focus of the youth consultation with young people engaged in round table discussions about issues that concern them, including community safety, education, employment, volunteering and recreation. The questions and discussions generated from the tables were then fed back to a panel of specialist services including Victoria Police, City of Monash, City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services Team, City of Kingston Youth Services team, Youthlinks, Salesian College and South East Volunteers for their responses and feedback.

SEAAC Youth leaders were provided with training in leading and facilitating discussions, as well as taking on leadership roles including MC, kitchen support, facility set up and closure procedures and contributing to cultural performances and story telling.

Participants enjoyed a delicious lunch, a hip hop dance workshop and discussions with other young people and service providers who were present on the day. Overall, this event provided a safe space for young people to discuss important issues, gain new friendships and skills and have fun during this last day of the school holidays.

A huge thank you to the City of Monash Mayor, volunteers, young people and the specialist services who participated in the event and made it a meaningful event for all.

Divya Mohan
Case Support Worker

National Youth Week