Over the next four weeks, the Fairfax Media South Australian regional newspapers will be highlighting the importance of youth in the political, economic and social spheres of life, whether it be local, statewide, national or international.
The campaign is running in conjunction with International Youth Day, which will be held on August 12 with the theme of ‘Youth Building Peace’.
By putting youth in the spotlight we hope to raise their profile in the region and emphasise how many young people are doing great things with little or no recognition.
Whether it is helping others to cope with low self esteem or bullying, supporting a resource by fundraising or putting an issue such as climate change or poverty at the forefront, you will be amazed at the efforts of local youth.
Case by case
Kaylee Caruso is brave and bold, yet understands she is far from perfect. The Nuriootpa teen is also aware that by admitting to a life involving an illicit drug, dieting and suicidal thoughts, it may expose her to more ridicule – but her only concern is supporting other youths in the same situation. Read more
Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre (ILC) have been putting their DIY skills to the test. As part of their Community Studies subject, a group of nine Year 11 and 12 students have created a paved outdoor space featuring coffee tables, seating and a chook run predominantly made out of recycled wooden pallets. Read more
Passionis Productions is all about helping youth deal with low self esteem and mental health issues through creative expression and performance. At just 22 years of age, directors Rebekah Danzic and Alyssa Biele have been running the youth organisation for four years and have seen some remarkable developments. Read more
Mahia Tarrant-Trevena said it was her passion for volunteering which continued to spur her forward. The 18-year-old splits her time between Meals on Wheels, Streaky Bay Hospital and Health Services and the local ambulance group. Read more
Kane Goldsworthy has been in rural communities all of his life, beginning in Roxby Downs, where his family worked on a cattle station, until 2012 when he and his family moved to Port Neill. Since moving to the area, the 16-year-old has been involved in the community, especially the Cleve Show. Read more
The Youth Advisory Committee of the Clare and Gilbert Valley have taken steps to further strengthen an anti-bullying message across schools in the Mid North with its Buddy Bench initiative. Read more
Teenage cyclist Dylan Kaulins has been clocking up the kilometres on two wheels as he looks towards his next charity ride. The 16-year-old has already competed in the 2017 BUPA Challenge earlier this year where he raised $1,000 for Cancer Council Australia. Read more
The first country youth team known as the Young Humanitarian Collective has been formed in Port Pirie. They operate under the auspices of Australian Red Cross and aim to improve life for young people. Read more