Youth across the Fleurieu Peninsula often bemoan ‘there is nothing to do’. It took just one of them to say, ‘well, actually there is a lot to do here; look around.’
It led to the 24-member strong Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and Strathalbyn Community Youth consisting of local peole aged 12-25 forming an event team of 10. It has the support of youth development officer Lucretia Sperring, who is employed by both the City of Victor Harbor and Alexandrina Council.
Now there is something to do. Lucretia and 10 members of the YAC have planned a street party on Coral Street and Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor on Friday, March 1 from 6.30-9pm to showcase a gamut of opportunities for our youth. And everyone is invited.
The theme of the street party is Step Up, empowering young people to be more involved in their local community by providing access to information about the opportunities available to them within the region.
Organisations and clubs of all kinds are invited to set up a stall from 4.30pm to promote or demonstrate what they have to offer – there’s even a belly dance class, the chance to learn cheer dancing and karate, flying model aircraft and every activity you can think of to keep you occupied – something for all ages, sizes and shapes. Most of the events at the party will be free.
Significantly, the program will also present a range of services and programs like Headspace to our youth, and also suggest ways they may get involved in the community through magnificent organisations like the CFS, Sea Rescue, surf lifesaving, and as volunteers with Riding for Disabled. If you’re not into being over mobile, then a poetry group could be the answer.
Lucretia said there was a lot out there for our youth across the Fleurieu Peninsula, and it was largely a matter of having an event like this street party – including food stalls and music – to offer ideas.
“The YAC team would love to see young people and their families connecting with all the clubs, services and activities that they can join, including as a volunteer,” Lucretia said.
“The street will be alive with information stalls, chill zones, buskers, entertainment, food stalls and much more.”
The initiative for the street party was made possible through funding secured through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s ABC Heywire grants program. It is a national program that aims to help young people use their lived experiences to generate meaningful change to create impact in regional communities.
If you would like to be involved in the Victor Harbor Street Party contact Lucretia on 8551 0586 or e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured: City of Victor Harbor’s youth development officer Lucretia Sperring (centre) surrounded by Youth Advisory Committee members (from left) Brad Fletcher, Veronica Plane, Jorja Hann-Barke, Anastasia Mojsilovic, and Destiny Brackstone. Other members of the group are: Maggie O’Moore, Ebony Brackstone, Emma-Jayne Gregory, Sebastian Sperring, Carter Banks.