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Salisbury Youth Summit - a ROARing success!

The City of Salisbury recently hosted the highly anticipated Salisbury Youth Summit - ROAR 2023, transforming level one of the Salisbury Community Hub into a space full of inspiration, learning, and community engagement among the young people of our community.

With nearly 100 enthusiastic participants in attendance, the summit featured an inspiring line-up of motivational guest speakers, including Josh Webster from Channel 10, Anne Hatchard from the Adelaide Crows, Eloise Hall from Taboo Period Products, Tamara Young from Wonky Lines Counselling, local mentor Lionel Brusnahan, Vasil Samardzhiev from United Nations Youth Australia, and the City of Salisbury Mayor, Gillian Aldridge OAM.

The young people of our City are our future, and we need to include them on discussions about issues that involve them. We have met some real future leaders at this summit and I can’t wait to see what they achieve.

Mayor Gillian Aldridge, OAM.

Participants embraced the entertainment of DJ Brad Elkin and the innovative 360 camera experience provided by The 360 Scene, which captured the energy and excitement of the day. Life-size Taylor Swift cut-outs added an extra layer of excitement among her fans.

Key service organizations, including Scouts SA, ARA, headspace, Green Adelaide, Youth Opportunities, United Nations of Youth Australia, Maxima, and RentRight SA actively participated, providing invaluable support to the youth while collecting essential ideas and actions for the forthcoming Youth Action Plan.

We heard valuable thoughts from the young minds of our City about what matters most to them, as students from various schools engaged in conversation, suggesting activities and services they would like to see more access to in the community.

Themes such as boot camps, hikes, safe spaces to feel happy and connected, increased access to mentorship programs, useful resources for those who may be struggling, representation and diversity among support services staff, life skills taught within the school environment, and spreading awareness to take care of the local environment were popular topics of conversation.

Looking ahead, the City of Salisbury are reviewing the feedback, and working on a Youth Action Plan to release next year. The newly launched @youthinsalisbury Instagram page promises to be a dynamic platform, and we encourage everyone to follow and share this space with the young people of the community.

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