Youth week wrapped up

Youth Week has wrapped up after celebrating young people with a variety of fun and engaging activities.

A launch party kicked off the week with mocktails, live illustrations by Rene Veno, glitter tattoos, sumo wrestling, a DJ, a neon room and a performance from MJ Dance Studio.

‘Charge-Up Arvos’ were held in the library café and veranda area where Trudi from Four Reasons Why, Nick from Headspace, Don from Confessions and sexual and women’s health nurse Carolyn came for a chat.

Library programs team leader Kristi Brooks said people got comfy in bean bags while warming up with free beverages and snacks, while henna tattoos were also a big hit.

There were workshops held throughout the week with various locals including Kyra Sykes, Dylan McQueen and Michelle Smith which were enjoyed by those who attended.

Ms Brooks said the Neon Art and Mental Health Chat with Kyra Sykes, which took place under UV LED blacklight, was well attended.

“Kyra went through the benefits of how art can help improve your own mental health and then the youth also went on to do a neon art experience,” she said.

Ms Brooks said the enthusiastic Dylan McQueen from ScRoll Queen spoke about his journey and entrepreneurial courage.

“He was absolutely inspirational, the youth hung on to his every word as did the adults who were in that room,” she said.

Michelle Smith from Butterfly Heart Spiritual Healing guided people through mindfulness meditation with positive affirmations and mindsets, meditation and breathing skills, which Ms Brooks said everyone enjoyed.

Other activities included the Beat Saber VR and Studio Sunday Green Screen Magic, which were well received.

Ms Brooks believed it was important for people of all ages to be able to experience something different.

“Putting on these activities can expose them to new activities, ignite different interests and it’s a way of just making them feel valued in our community as well,” she said.

“It’s really important to get the community together and remind them of all the good stuff that we do have in our community that we can offer.”

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