SA Youth Week
SA Youth Week (SAYW) will be held from 13-22 April 2018. It is the largest annual event on the South Australian youth calendar.
SAYW showcases young peoples’ talents, contributions and achievements; promotes a positive image of young people; acknowledges the common interests of young people, as well as their diverse backgrounds and circumstances; and enables young people to express their ideas.
Although the name has changed from National Youth Week, the benefits and opportunities to highlight young people’s talents, contributions and achievements remain the same.
The theme for SAYW 2018 is ‘Your Future – Your Way’.
This theme highlights young people’s role in shaping their lives and, in doing so, shaping directions for South Australia. It emphasises the value of young people’s ideas, skills and resilience in local communities, and champions the benefits that their wide variety of unique backgrounds, interests, identities and perspectives can bring to us all.
‘Your Future – Your Way’ will inspire young people to achieve their goals in ways that suit their unique circumstances and needs, and highlight the myriad of significant contributions they can and do make to broad and complex social issues. The emphasis on taking action their way aligns with the SA Youth Week’s focus on young people being heavily involved in events.
Grants applications for SAYW 2018 have now closed.
SA Youth Week 2018 Young Member
The SA Youth Week (SAYW) Young Member for 2018 is Wathnak Vy.
After graduating from Woodville High School as a School Captain in 2015, Wathnak continues to work closely with young people from diverse cultural backgrounds, providing meaningful opportunities for them to have a voice on youth issues and affairs.
Wathnak’s volunteering demonstrates his commitment to giving a voice to youth opinion and recommendation on issues and decisions that affect local young people.
As a result of his experiences as part of the Youth Advisory Committee at City of Charles Sturt, the Youth Humanitarians Leadership Team at Australian Red Cross, headspace Woodville’s Youth Reference Group, and as a SHINE SA Community Advisory Panel Member, Wathnak was awarded a 2015 Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award through the SA Branch of the Order of Australia Association, and was a Gold Awardee for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In 2014, Wathnak was awarded a Governor’s Multicultural Award in the Youth (Individual) Category for his active involvement in various school and local community projects.
Wathnak is currently an undergraduate student at The University of Adelaide, studying triple degrees of Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management. He is the Chief Executive Officer for the Adelaide University Cambodian Student Club where he helps and assists domestic and international Cambodian students who are studying in South Australia. Wathnak also works as a Cambodian Community Liaison Worker where he liaises closely with the Cambodian community across South Australia through Relationships Australia, South Australia.
As the 2018 SAYW Member, Wathnak will support decision-making, planning, and promotion of SAYW. He will also be heavily involved in the State Launch event, social media promotion, attend various SAYW events across the State and act as a media spokesperson to profile and promote events in South Australia.
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