Youth week in Tennant Creek
A celebration of young people has proved a huge success for all generations of locals and played a significant role in improving the living environment in the Tennant Creek community.
Formed as part of National Youth Week, which is a joint federal, state, territory and local Government initiative, the Tennant Creek event was coordinated by STEPS Group’s Youth Connections in collaboration with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
The STEPS Group Tennant Creek coordinator, Peter, said the event, which took place during school holidays in the first week of April, had a significant impact not only on the youths who got involved with activities and workshops but with major knock-on effects in the broader community.
“The STEPS team coordinated a week of different events to honour the youth in the region including dances, multimedia workshops and music workshops,” he said. “STEPS had photos of youth on posters around the town and it was great to see their faces beaming in the streets.
We had something on every two hours of every day, with things going on during the day and into the night. ”
enter or remain in mainstream education and/or core employment he said.
Key to the success of Youth Week and the Youth Connections program is for STEPS Group to establish strong connections within the community and Peter said both had made solid progress in achieving that. During Youth Week we had a very busy program and it had great results.
“It was great in initiating the STEPS team into the community even further and helped us develop strong relationships with the young people living here. We also had more kids freely going back to school after the holidays and the noticeable drop in crime was a significant outcome.”
See Also: A Youthful Buzz about town (Tennant and District Times, 16th April 2011)