[tas] "Youth: Voices of tomorrow: Dancing into the Future - What tune are YOU dancing to?" forum

Youth forum: for those in Tasmania on 24th July:

'Youth: Voices of tomorrow: Dancing into the Future - What tune are
YOU dancing to?'

Date: 24 July 2003; 6 p.m.

Venue: University of Tasmania's Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus

All welcome for this youth forum for people 15 - 25 to have their
say, air their views and opinions (to be broadcast across Tasmania
the following week on ABC Radio 936 Tuesday 7:10 )

At the same, the ABC's 2003 Heywire competition will be launched (a
writing/journalism competition -- more at
http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/about.htm )

The forum is part of the The John Lees Forums -- a series of free
public forums to mark Tasmania's Bicentenary (more at end of message)
and includes singing, music and dance, refreshments; free; all
welcome. Other details
at http://www.abc.net.au/tasmania/johnlees/

Keynote speaker: Eamon Miller, past Heywire winner and Fly TV presenter
- Thuy Shaw, youth worker, Migrant Resource Centre
- Laura Russell, member of the Tasmanian Youth Consultative Committee
- Matt Hill, youth worker, Derwent Valley Council
Chris Johnson Station Manager, Edge Radio
- Fun: Dorcas Akorsu and Thomas Cauker and The Tribes - African
cultural singing, music and dance; dance by Bonza Youth Group; Edge
Radio DJ

Contact person at ABC:
--------- > Suzie Moore, ph: (03) 6235 3535

SOURCE: Flyer, available from Dave Willans of the Youth Network of
Tasmania, email: mailto:dave@ynot.org.au

* About the John Lees Forums -- from

" Tasmania's bicentenary of white settlement is in 2004. As a
forerunner to this event, the John Less Forums of 2003 provide
opportunities for Tasmanians to confront some of the issues and
concerns that are part of our lives and to contemplate the future.

" Dancing into the future
Tomorrow's adults are today's youth, and they are Tasmania's most
precious resource. In this forum we will seek to give voice to our
youth, to understand what's important to them, what they feel about
problems, and why?

" What are the implications of the State's changing population? Are
they positive or do they build on existing problems such as the
difficulties associated with isolated rural communities, the high
youth suicide rate, drug abuse and youth homelessness? In the future
where will the opportunities lie for the State's youth?

" The talent in our youth community is great indeed, but is there a
despondency, borne of a lack of opportunity? For many, finishing
education means leaving the State, impelled by the need to follow
paths unavailable in Tasmania.
What can be done do to help?

" In this discussion we will draw on the direct experience of
Tasmania's youth to tease out core problems. We need to utilise their
enthusiasm and ideas in the State's development, and to coordinate
our efforts to impart a sense of direction. "

General Information
Forums are free and open to everyone who would like to attend. We
would like to hear your point of view.

Kind regards,

Anne Hugo
List manager for Youth.Comm

Email: Youth.Comm-list-owner@mail-list.com
Ph: +61 3 6226 2591; fax: +61 3 6226 2578
C/- Private Bag 64, Hobart Tasmania 7001 Australia

Youth.Comm: strengthening communication in the youth sector in Australia, in
conjunction with the Youth Portal -- http://www.youth.gov.au

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