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Reflecting on Youth Week WA!

Last week was Youth Week, and what a week it was! We loved being part of so many youth-led events happening across the State – from Midland to Meekatharra, there were a huge range of events celebrating the talents, contributions and voices of young people. This year’s theme was ‘Head, Body, Heart’, which brought the focus onto supporting wellness and wellbeing, and taking a whole person approach to mental, physical, social and emotional health.

We took part in a number of Youth Week WA events across the State, including the fabulous Bop N Shop Youth Market which was held in Midland on Saturday, 6 April and featured local youth artists, performers, small businesses and services, as well as games, activities and giveaways for all ages.

This incredible event was co-designed, developed, and facilitated by the headspace Midland Youth Reference Group (YRG). This was an excellent opportunity for the Youth Reference Group (YRG) members to gain experience in everything from project and event planning, grant application writing, liaising with contractors and vendors, developing graphic design and marketing strategies, to event management and facilitation, photography, videography and so much more! A special shout-out to members TC and Oscar who took a lead role in planning this initiative.

This event was an excellent example of what young people can achieve when they are given a platform to have their voices heard, and the support to achieve their goals.

Bop N Shop would not have been possible without the incredible effort of the Midland YRG team, the headspace Midland crew, and supporters, Crooked Spire, City of Swan, Beyond Bank and Bunnings Midland. In addition, this event was particularly special in the fact that all participating businesses were owned and operated by young people, and the organisations that aim to support young people in our community.

Our Youth Focus teams also participated in a number of other activities to celebrate Youth Week WA, including the KickstART Market in Forrest Place, 4Youth Fest 2024 in Denmark, a glow disco in Meekatharra, and basketball tournaments in Northam & Geraldton, including an incredible performance from local Geraldton artist Razzy Mak!