Youth Homeless Matters Day
Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) is a national campaign, held annually, aimed at raising awareness of youth homelessness amongst decision makers and the wider community.
This year the day was held on Wednesday, 18 of April the halfway point of National Youth Week.
Source: Youth Homeless Matters Campaign Kit 2019.
Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA), the active advocate for the non-government youth sector and young people in Western Australia acknowledged the day by having staff spend a day with WA’s Youth Homelessness Advisory Council visiting critical services for young people who experience homelessness, having deep conversations on how to improve the system and celebrating some of the awesome young people and youth workers we have here in WA.
Source: YACWA Facebook Page.
In other youth related news, as part part of Youth Week, YACWA hosted an inclusive arts and culture event at their headquarters in Leederville.
“The artwork is inspired by the Youth Week theme ‘Nurture the Now,’ which can be interpreted in many different ways but is mainly about young people focusing on the present and making sure that they are looking after themselves,” explains Mika Bazeley, YACWA’s WA Youth Week Project Officer.
“As a young person, it can be challenging when faced with pressures from different aspects of your life, which is why it is important that we have events such as this to provide an opportunity for young people to be able to engage with the arts in a meaningful way that improves their wellbeing. It is important that we celebrate the contribution that they make to the Perth community, which we want to capture by creating a collaborative, public art piece that reflects this.”
The public art piece activity was guided by Kamsani Bin Salleh, who is the 2018 Young Person of the Year. Kam, an emerging young Aboriginal artist is known for his intricate designs and reflecting the beauty of the natural world, which he has incorporated into the design that will be built on by young people participating on the day of the event.
The artwork will be developed and then mounted to the side of the Foyer Oxford building in Leederville.
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