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Youth in the spotlight

Published on 03 April 2019

With Youth Week (10-18 April) just around the corner, we’ve put the spotlight on young people and how Council is supporting them through programs, events and facilities.

Upcoming events NSW Youth Week

Council is organising and supporting a wide range of events to celebrate Youth Week in 2019.

Youth Jobs and Skills Expo


2019 Youth Jobs & Skills Expo

In 2018, the largest survey ever of youth aged 15-24 was conducted in Australia. The Skillsroad Youth Census was commissioned to address concerns around youth unemployment and workforce changes. It received more than 30,000 responses.

Key findings included:

  • Working is consistent with higher levels of wellbeing for young people
  • Feeling care for and supported at work was consistent with higher levels of wellbeing
  • Participants in an apprenticeship reported the highest levels of wellbeing compared with other post-school pathways.

Council recognises how important employment and wellbeing are for young people and for the first time ever, we're holding a Youth Jobs and Skills Expo on 9 April. To be held at Meadowbank TAFE, this free expo will feature workshops, information stalls, a BBQ lunch and complimentary LinkedIn headshots.

Hear from keynote speakers including Fiona Anson from JobGetter, Soraya Raju from Migrate Success and TAFE NSW.

Best of all, there will be real jobs to apply for on the day!

Find out more about the Youth Jobs and Skills Expo.

Other Youth Week events 

City of Ryde is supporting a number of events being held for Youth Week:

  • Youth Mental Health Forum (9 April)
  • Cinema on the Green (11 April)
  • Shoreshocked 2019 (13 April)
  • Emerging Civc Leaders Program (30 March-May).

Find out more on our Youth Week page.

Programs and facilities for youth

Ryde Youth Council


NSW Youth Council Conference

The Ryde Youth Council represents an important youth voice in Council decision-making. Comprised of young people who live, study, work or play in the City of Ryde, in addition to a representation from Council, its members carry out a range of activities including:

  • Advocating on behalf of young people
  • Organising events and activities
  • Participating in community consultations.

Find out more about Ryde Youth Council.

Ryde Youth Theatre

Man with crown

Ryde Youth Theatre in action

Since its inception in 2009, Ryde Youth Theatre has grown into a household name in the City of Ryde. This inclusive performing arts program is funded by Council and run by a talented group of young people, with regular performances throughout the year. Ryde Youth Theatre writes and directs its owns plays and is perfect for those looking to develop and build on their acting skills and meet new people in the area.

Find out more about Ryde Youth Theatre.

Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize

Boy next to portrait of Kurt Cobain

2018 Sustainable Waste 2 Art Junior Youth Environment Prize 1st Place winner

Each year, sustainability and art meet with the City of Ryde's Sustainable Waste to Art Prize (SWAP).

This popular competition has several categories of entry, including for ages 10 upwards. With the opportunity to exhibit your art work and be in to win cash prizes, SWAP presents incredible opportunities for budding and practicing young artists.

In 2018, the crowd was wowed as junior prize (10-13 years) winner Dane took away first prize for his portrait of Kurt Cobain made from 4,438 recycled buttons!

Find out more about SWAP.

Ryde Battle of the Bands Competition


2019 Battle of the Bands winner, Saturn V

This crowd favourite is the perfect launching pad for young musicians. Ryde Battle of the Bands is open to all young bands (with members aged between 12 and 25 years). Entry is free and the top 3 shortlisted bands perform at the City of Ryde Australia Day concert. Prizes include $1,000 in cash and a mastering session with Studios 301.

This year, student band Saturn V from St Patrick's Marist College took away the top prize, with the People's Choice award going to Dysfunction.  

Find out more and register your interest for the 2020 Battle of the Bands competition.

Meadowbank Outdoor Youth + Family Recreation Space


Concept plan for the Meadowbank Park Outdoor Youth and Family Recreation Space

In June 2017 Council endorsed the construction of the Meadowbank Park Outdoor Youth and Family Recreation Space. This new space will provide an area for youth of all ages and the rest of the family to socialise and play within our community. This new space will open this month and provide an area for youth of all ages and the rest of the family to socialise and play within our community.

The space will feature:

  • Skate and scooter facilities
  • Competition deep skate bowl
  • Picnic and shelter facilities
  • New footpaths, landscaping and lighting.

Join us on Saturday 27 April for our official opening event! This free opening will feature competitions, appearances by professional skaters, food, DJ and more. 

Thanks to Jon Prior from NSW Business Chamber for contributing to this article. You can catch the NSW Business Chamber at our upcoming Youth Jobs & Skills Expo on 9 April! 


Last updated on 5 April 2019