Youth Week 2022

SA Youth Week (SAYW) is a celebration of young people aged 12 - 25 years that recognises and showcases their ideas, talents, contributions and achievements to the community and state. The annual celebration will be held from 13 - 22 May and will include a wide range of projects and activities across the state.

13 to 22 May 2022

South Australia’s Youth Week is proudly supported by the City of Adelaide.

Explore events

May 27, 2022

Hutt Street Pocket Party #2

Cnr Hutt Street & Gilles Street

Mar 30, 2022 - May 31, 2022

ADL Unleashed Live

Jun 9, 2021 - Jul 27, 2022

LEGO Club at Hutt Street Library

Hutt Street Library

Feb 19, 2022 - Aug 20, 2022

Board Game Bash

City Library

Young person spotlight

Meet Hania

Age: 22

What is your connection to the City of Adelaide?

I study a Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide and I volunteer at the Adelaide City Library.

What is your favourite place to visit in the City?

Rundle Mall. Because when I was new to Adelaide, rundle mall was one of the easiest places I could get to, so I have a lot of good memories here. Rundle mall is one of my main go-to places for hanging out with my friends, trying new food, shopping, and enjoying great performances and music.

Do you volunteer? If so, what do you do and why?

Yes, I am a digital hub volunteer at the Adelaide City Library. As a digital hub volunteer tutor and through 1:1 hour-long sessions I assist patrons with improving their digital literacy skills. I guide them on how to use programs, apps, or devices they are interested in to perform various tasks. Ultimately, I help them build practical digital skills through an interactive and open approach. As an international student living away from my family and friends, I volunteer at the digital hub so that I can really be a part of the Adelaide community. I believe it is helping me learn more about Adelaide and its community. Through volunteering at the digital hub, every session feels rewarding and it makes me want to do better every time. I also enjoy volunteering because it is helping me improve my communication skills among many other skills.

What dream do you have for your future self?

I aspire to become a software engineer and an entrepreneur in the future. My dream is to use my programming skills to build my own software products that can help people in their daily tasks. My dream is to be able to do this through my own software company. I want my future self to achieve these career goals so that I can continue to live well, eat well, and do the things that I love the most.

What would you like to see for the future of Adelaide?

Adelaide is a beautiful, lively, and multi-cultured city, where I feel safe and surrounded by fun things to do. I love the city’s various events and festivals throughout the year and its welcoming culture. So, I hope that in the future, Adelaide continues to be as amazing and friendly as it is. I know that the tech industry is growing in Adelaide, so I hope that it continues to house many tech start-ups and be the fun hot pocket of technology that it is. So, aspiring software engineers like me have lots of opportunities to explore the tech field here in Adelaide.

Meet Aston

Age: 21

What is your connection to the City of Adelaide?

I am a musician, so you can find me in the CBD busking and performing live for festivals and community events or attending my friends gigs! As for work, I am a content creator & community builder for HUB at CCYP. I also have a passion for positive social change and frequently connect, ideate and collaborate with fellow activists and organisations on Kaurna Country!

What is your favourite place to visit in the City?

I love visiting the Torrens River whenever I get the chance, It is a great way to escape some of the concrete jungle and just unwind during a busy day!

Do you volunteer? If so, what do you do and why?

Yes! I'd say I volunteer in somewhat of an unconventional way, helping out various different organisations whose work & vision align with areas which I am passionate about seeing change in (LGBTQIA+ & First Nations issues, People experiencing Homelessness, etc.).

What dream do you have for your future self?

I am still learning what I love and I believe that is a constant journey, so I don't have a definitive career in mind, just following what brings me joy in the present moment; I just hope I continue to do this as I grow older. In terms of travelling, I'd first love to explore more of our beautiful Country, then eventually the world (no idea where to start though!).

What would you like to see for the future of Adelaide?

The future of Kaurna Country (Adelaide) will require a lot of outside-the-box thinking, which I believe Gen Z will have no problem with! People tend to forget that they are guests on this beautiful Country, moving forward it will be vitally important to provide more First Nations people with the support to become decision makers in positions of power to create necessary change. I envision a vibrant, affirming and colourful city, filled with nature and a world of opportunity.

Meet Rearna

Age: 24

What is your connection to the City of Adelaide?

I volunteer in the city as well as visit the city for fun (going to events, hanging out at Rundle mall with family and friends ) and am involved in projects at Youth Inc. (an awesome alternative school for young people aged 17-24). I have been able to be involved in so many projects and opportunities and have met so many amazing people.

What is your favourite place to visit in the City?

My favourite place to visit in the city would have to be the botanic gardens. I just love the natural beauty of the place, and the calmness it brings. I love to visit the River Torrens for this reason too.

Do you volunteer? If so, what do you do and why?

I currently volunteer at Anglicare’s Magdalene centre in emergency relief. I also volunteer for the constellation project, which is a social lab that aims to end homelessness. My team is working to change the age in which young people leave the out of home care and youth justice system from age of 18 to when the young person is ready.

I volunteer because I want to support in making changes to current systems and policies. I also love to connect with people, and if I can make someone’s day better and make sure they’re okay when they are experiencing hard times then that means the world to me. I am so thankful for the support that these organisations provide to people experiencing homelessness. No one should have to experience homelessness, as having a safe place to call home is a human right.

What dream do you have for your future self?

The dream that I have for my near future self is to have my social enterprise, Homefree Gifts up and fully running. Super excited for this. I also dream of travelling to experience different cultures and learn more about our world.

What would you like to see for the future of Adelaide?

I dream of a world where everyone has the comfort and safety of a home. I envision a city where there is lots of natural greenery all along the streets, where the indoors are essentially outdoors. My absolute dream would be a co-creation place where people can all come together to connect, be creative and engage in many different workshops.