Wanderers to kick off youth celebrations

A youth forum and a motivational talk from Western Sydney Wanderers players are among the activities planned in Parramatta in the lead up to Youth Week 2018. City of Parramatta’s annual Youth Forum will take place on Thursday 5 April at the Parkroyal with scheduled activities for 12 to 16 year olds from 9am to 12.30pm and an afternoon drop-in session from 3-5pm.

“Council wants to hear from our young people about their hopes and aspirations for their city and neighbourhoods. This is an opportunity to let them know their views are being heard and that they are important to ensuring the success of Parramatta,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“The young people in the first session will be from primary and secondary schools across Parramatta and will be asked their opinions on a broad range of city-changing projects, including the new aquatic leisure centre.” On the same day Western Sydney Wanderers players Vedran Janjetovic and Brendan Hamill will deliver a motivational talk and Q & A session with Arthur Phillip High School students at Parramatta Library.

“I would like to thank and congratulate the Wanderers for their involvement in this important initiative,” Cr Wilson said. Wanderers player Hamill said: “We’re very humbled to be able to speak to students from Arthur Philip High School about our journey and some of the challenges we’ve had to face to get to where we are today”.

“It’s always great to speak to young people from our local community about some of the issues they face and reflect that in what we all go through and can achieve through hard work and determination.” Other events being delivered by Council’s libraries during NSW Youth Week from 13-22 April include: cartoon drawing workshops; board games; a HSC resources seminar; and dancing workshops.