Cosplay and Canapes at the HJ Daley Library and a Youth Leadership Forum hosted by Rainbow Crossing will kick off this year’s NSW Youth Week celebrations around Campbelltown.

NSW Youth Week runs from 11 to 21 April and this year’s theme is Express, Empower, Get Loud! which focuses on encouraging youth to get involved and advocate for themselves.

“Youth Week is an opportunity to recognise our youth and celebrate their contributions and continued presence in our community,” said Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss.

Dr Greiss encouraged locals aged 12 to 24 to get involved in some of the diverse community activities and events on the local calendar.

Hosted by the Anime & Manga Club on Wednesday 10 April at 6pm, Cosplay and Canapés will blend glamour and gastronomy for a night of fun at the HJ Daley Library. Attendees can connect with fellow fans, share cosplay tips, and flaunt their costumes. The free event for ages 16 and up, promises gourmet canapés and a welcoming atmosphere for both seasoned cosplayers and newcomers.

The Campbelltown Youth Leadership Forum, on Thursday 11 April from 5 to 8pm, is a dynamic workshop facilitated by life coach Rolf Fuchs and 2023 Campbelltown Citizen of the Year Brian Laul. It is designed to ignite the ambitions of young people, urging them to pursue their aspirations and harness their potential for future success. Also joining the forum from Rainbow Crossing’s board, Cassidy Pearce will share her leadership insights as a young journalist. . Booking is preferable for this free event at Oz Funland, Leumeah, with refreshments provided. Booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/campbelltown-youth-leadership-forum-tickets-861896514677 .

Seven Campbelltown Council grant-funded community events will join this year’s celebration, including:

  • Campbelltown Youth Leadership Forum hosted by Rainbow Crossing (Thursday 11 April)
  • Poly Kidz Fitness hosted by Poly Kidz (Thursday 11 April)
  • Earth Movers Gardening Workshop hosted by Big Yellow Umbrella (Thursday 11 April)
  • Skills and Drills Camp hosted by Macarthur Saints Jr. Rugby Club (Thursday 11 April)
  • Wellness Expo hosted by Traxside Youth Health Service (Tuesday 16 April)
  • Youth & Community Catch-Up hosted by Talk2MeBro (Friday 19 April)
  • Scream It Out Festival hosted by Scream It Out (Saturday 20 April)

Council’s Youth Action Team will publicly launch the Youth Strategy 2024-2030 at Scream It Out, where participants can provide their feedback as well as on the Over To You website.

An extended program of Youth Week events will also be offered through partnership and funding from the Department of Community and Justice. Planned events include:

  • Cosplay and Canapes at HJ Daley Library (Wednesday 10 April)
  • Creative Writing Workshop for Kids at HJ Daley Library (Monday 15 April)
  • 3D Creations – Intermediate at Glenquarie Library (Monday 15 April)
  • Manga, Matcha and Mochi – Manga Drawing Class at Eagle Vale Library (Tuesday 16 April)
  • Teen Chefs (Sushi and Mochi) at Glenquarie Library (Wednesday 17 April)
  • 3D Creations – Beginners at Glenquarie Library (Monday 22 April)
  • Creative Writing Workshop for Teens at Greg Percival Library (Tuesday 23 April)
  • Youth Homelessness Matters Day at Leumeah Skate Park (Wednesday 17 April)
  • Movie Night at Claymore Community Centre (Wednesday 17 April)
  • A Night with the Bats at Milton Park (Thursday 18 April)
  • Big Studio – Paint vs. Fabric at Campbelltown Arts Centre (Thursday 18 April)
  • Symbolic Structures at Campbelltown Arts Centre (Thursday 18 April)
  • Creative Bundle at Campbelltown Arts Centre (Thursday 18 April)
  • ABCD Sector Training at Campbelltown Civic Hall (Tuesday 23 May – following Youth Week)