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Golden Plains youth share their stories
“I don’t want to be a bystander anymore. I want to be heard.” Ailish, 16 years old.

Ailish is part of an exciting youth committee established to lead the National Youth Week celebrations in Golden Plains Shire. They have decided this year the theme will be ‘CONNECTED, HEARD, CELEBRATED.’

The youth committee has chosen the traditional power of storytelling to connect the community, remind everyone about what’s important and to celebrate our differences. This will be expressed through the National Youth Week Story Project.

Matt, a 17 year old member of the committee, says, “We want to fit in, but we also don’t want to become lost in another person’s shadow.”

Mayor, Cr Des Phelan, says Council is in full support of the program. “Council is completely on board – it is important that Council and the community support our young people to take the lead.”

To bring the committee’s chosen theme to life, Council has partnered with Sophie Weldon of Humankind Enterprises. Sophie specialises in harnessing the power of stories to bring communities together through a unique blend of traditional and new media storytelling techniques. 

Caitlyn, a member of the Youth Committee says, “We’re excited to connect the community and expand what people know about each other.”

National Youth Week events
National Youth Week is from Friday 8 April – Sunday 17 April. Throughout that week, stories of young people will be shared through the Golden Plains Youth Facebook page. 

An exhibition and celebration of the stories will be held on Friday 13 March in Bannockburn. 

The afternoon of activities will include the opportunity to record your own personal stories in a special pop-up video booth. 

Guests will hear from social entrepreneur and young change maker, Sophie Weldon, who will share the power of story-telling and how individuals and communities can create change from the inside out, simply by listening to one another’s story. 

 For more information, or to get involved in the National Youth Week Story Project: 

• please visit 

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• or contact Sarah Dalton, Youth Development Officer, on 5220 7177 

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