National Youth Week


National Youth Week 2016 ran from 8-17 April, 2016.

National Youth Week is South Australia's biggest event for young people. We want as many young people as possible involved in creating it, right from the start, to make this an event to remember - with a huge variety of events, festivals, forums, workshops and exhibitions, where young people share their talents and ideas, have a say about things that are important to them and just have a good time.

What happened?

Over 140 events took place during National Youth Week 2016 in South Australia. 

To access the event information hover your mouse over a desired pin pointer on the interactive map to display the name of the event. Left 'click' on the name and the the event details will appear. To access a full list of events, in date order scroll down to underneath the map or click on the provided link below (full screen map).

View SA National Youth Week Calendar of Events 2016 in a full screen map

State launch

Multicultural Youth South Australia Incorporated (MYSA) conducted South Australia's 2016 National Youth Week State Launch, on Friday 8 April 2016.  It was a fun filled event which saw young people involved in various activities, Port Power handball competitions, cooking demonstrations, traditional music performances, arcade style games, street food from around the globe and much more.  

Photos from the launch event will be available from the National Youth Week in South Australia and Multicultural Youth SA Facebook pages.


Theme: My Community is Your Community

For National Youth Week 2016, we wanted our theme to highlight and celebrate South Australia's cultural diversity. South Australia is home to people from over 200 countries and we see cultural diversity wherever we go, from city to suburb to country town and beyond.

We wanted SA's National Youth Week theme to put the spotlight on cultural diversity in our local communities. We want all our events in 2016 to bring people together to celebrate the unique cultural flavour of their local community, and of cultural diversity across South Australia.

In early November, young people aged between 12 - 25 years were asked to vote, via the YourSAy website on the following choices:

  • More variety, better society 
  • #cultureblend 
  • My community is your community! 
  • World at your door 
  • Our Place: the world in our community

We had a great response and we thank all who voted.

And the winning theme name for National Youth Week 2016 is… My Community is Your Community! 

We also thank those who contributed thought-provoking and interesting comments. These have been passed onto our two young members for National Youth Week 2016, Fatima and Tyler and will be used as we make decisions about NYW 2016.

And now, for our winners…

  • Nathaniel Ramesh
  • Ibrahim Basha
  • Jocelyn Neumueller

Congratulations, each of you have picked up either a $50 JB Hi-fi voucher or an Adelaide Metro Card for your participation.

Show me the funding 

Local councils, state government agencies and non-government organisations working directly with young people were invited to apply for funding to conduct events and activities or host the South Australian state launch.

All events including the state launch were required to reflect the National Youth Week theme, My Community is Your Community, support the objectives of National Youth Week and focus on issues of interest to young people in their local communities.

In 2015-16 a total of 52 organisations received funding to run over 100 events and activities, including the State launch, throughout the duration of NYW 2016. 

Summaries of the recommended organisations (PDF 363.6 KB) can be accessed here (Note: Event details are subject to change).

SA's Young Members

The 2016 National Youth Week Young Members are Fatima Tlaa and Tyler Lawrence.

Fatima and Tyler will play a pivotal role in National Youth Week activities at a State level.

They will drive decision-making and activities that will assist in the planning, promotion, running and evaluation of the week, and also coordinate SA's social media campaign.

Fatima has been involved in the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA) Youth Leaders Residential Forum for the past three years, has participated in the YMCA Youth Parliament program in 2013 and 2014 and is currently the Vice President of the Multicultural Youth Link of South Australia. She is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and also volunteers her time to help newly arrived young people learn to speak English, including offering translating services at TAFE and through her involvement with MRCSA.

Tyler is a dedicated contributor to his local community through his involvement in Australian Army Reserves, Operation Flinders, and Rotary Leadership Youth Awards (RYLA). He is currently completing a Mechanical Engineering degree as well as of Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Spanish. 

Fatima and Tyler will bring different but complementary skills and passions to the role of National Youth Week Young Member: one for promoting the positive benefits of cultural diversity, and the other for engaging with young people through significant networks across South Australia.Congratulations and we look forward to working with you both on NYW 2016.

Stay in touch on social media

Want to keep up to date on the latest news about National Youth Week in South Australia - like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at

Be sure to use #nywsa16 when tagging your National Youth Week posts and tweets.

Logos and branding                                

Supported by Office for Youth and National Youth Week - Colour  (JPG 429.6 KB)

Supported by Office for Youth and National Youth Week - mono (JPG 524.1 KB)

GOSA and National Youth Week - Colour (JPG 671.5 KB)

GOSA and National Youth Week - mono (JPG 530.7 KB)

*All eps. format and 'reversed' logos will need to be requested via email.


Branding Guidelines 2016 (PDF 539.6 KB)

Welcome to Country 2016 (PDF 180.9 KB)

NYW Word template multi-page template (DOC 1.6 MB)

NYW Word template single page template (DOC 608.5 KB)


For more information about the program, please contact Kylie by email or call +61 8 8415 4327.