Youths keen for top week
THEIR artwork is colourful, their handiwork precise, but what has really impressed adults about local youth is their dedication to organising Youth Week celebrations.
For a few weeks now a small and dedicated team of volunteers has been working around the clock to ready the old Tweed River Art Gallery for the local celebrations due to kick off tomorrow.
The team has been hanging artworks by locals on the walls, installing their workfor-the-dole projects and organising workshops to be held throughout the week.
Thanks to their hard work, youths all over the Tweed Shire have a range of activities to choose from next week to celebrate Youth Week.
Youth Enterprise Service spokesperson Jo Reilly said events included workshops on skateboarding, circus training and more.
"It will all kick off with an opening on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm when people should sign up for the workshops. We will have a DJ, food, drinks and art," she said.
Green Corps volunteer Aaron Titterton said Youth Week gave young people something to do in an area traditionally known for its lack of activities.
"There is nothing for girls to do. Us boys have a skate park," he said.
"At one stage I wasn't doing much but then entered projects like these. You get a feeling of self-satisfaction and it makes you proud to know you can achieve something."
The once disadvantaged youth is now teaching other youths the carpentry skills he learnt while in a work-for-the-dole project building bird boxes.