Youth Expo excellent success | Mirage News

A world of opportunity was presented to local school students at the Echuca Moama Youth Expo. Held at the Echuca Stadium on Thursday, September 8, more than 35 booths and exhibits showed interests from social groups and sports clubs, business and career paths, health and social services, and many other organizations.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller said the exhibit was a collaboration between the council, the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network and participating schools.

“Working with St Joseph’s College, Echuca College, River City Christian College, Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School and Moama Anglican Grammar, we were able to create a fantastic event for students in grades 8-10.

“The expo provided a space for local organizations, community groups and clubs to introduce teens to opportunities to get involved in their community or be part of a supportive group environment.

“Hobbies and interests such as football, theater and martial arts were on display, as well as groups to volunteer with, such as the fire department, operations store and library.

“Students participated in the creation of this event by proposing ideas for exhibitions and other activities.

“We value the input of our young residents and will continue to involve them in all matters relating to youth programs.”

Mayor Weller said the exposure had a few important underlying motives.

“The exhibition also allowed us to demonstrate the range of support services available. As students ventured out to sports club activities or art tables, they were able to stop at booths presented by alcohol and drug support groups, head space, neighborhood houses and many health and wellness services.

“It at least makes students aware that help is there if they need it.”

The Echuca Moama Youth Expo was funded by the FReeZA program of the State Youth Office. This funding will allow many activities and programs to be carried out over the next three years.

FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that helps young Victorians get involved in their community by planning and running drug, alcohol and smoke free events for other young people.

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