Youth Week Tasmania is the single largest celebration of young people on the Tasmanian youth calendar. This year’s theme is ‘Acceptance: Be Bold, Be You”.
As the theme for this year is #BeBoldBeYou , We feel it’s essential to highlight the stories of young individuals who have embodied this into their lives. Kat, Abby and Malessa’s journey reflect the spirit of the theme, which encourages young people to embrace their uniqueness, be confident in pursuing their dreams, and take bold steps towards achieving their goals.
Kat’s story showcases the power of resilience and determination in the face of setbacks and challenges. When she commenced with Transition to Work at Workskills, Kat had been struggling to find full-time employment. With assistance from her TtW Youth Coach, Kat secured a casual job at Myer, eventually leading to a promotion as a brand manager. Kat’s story is a testament to the significance of perseverance and seeking support from organizations that prioritize the growth and development of their employees.
Abby’s story reflects the importance of building self-confidence and acquiring new skills to pursue one’s career aspirations. With the help of her Youth Coach, Abby overcame her anxiety and lack of experience to create a strong resume, cover letter, and interview skills. Participating in Troublesmiths and the My Best Self-program helped her improve her job readiness and confidence, leading to opportunities to work as part of a team. Abby’s journey shows how investing in oneself and availing of training and support can lead to fulfilling career opportunities.
Malessa’s story highlights the value of pursuing one’s interests and passions while seeking support to achieve personal and professional goals. Malessa’s family history and interest in the Individual Support industry led her to engage in a CERT III course, where she is doing very well. Malessa is also on her way to obtaining her P’s. Malessa’s story demonstrates the importance of taking small steps towards achieving big goals.
Kat, Abby and Malessa’s stories highlight how being bold, being yourself, and seeking support can lead to personal and professional growth and we hope these stories serve as an inspiration to all young individuals to pursue their passions, overcome obstacles, and seek support to achieve their goals.
Also, consider this our a shout out to #YouthWeekTasmania, which provides young people aged 12-25 years with a unique platform to display their talents and skills, express their views and ideas, raise issues of concern, and to actively participate in events to celebrate being a young Tasmanian.
It is a powerful showcase of young people and provides opportunities for them to be noticed and heard across the Tasmanian community. Most importantly, throughout the week, events are organised by young people, for young people, allowing young Tasmanians to take the floor on the issues affecting them and to have their voices heard.