Young people invited to connect during Youth Week

Youth from the Central Coast participating in Y NSW’s StreetGym program

The Y of NSW is celebrating Youth Week and is inviting young people from across the Coast to connect at the Y with a host of free opportunities.

A number of Y NSW recreation centres such as pools and gyms will be offering free access to these facilities throughout Youth Week and are waiving their sign up fee for fitness memberships.

On the Coast, The Y offers their Streetgym, a free program that brings the gym to the streets, aimed at teens aged between 13 and 18.

It provides teens with the opportunity to engage in activities in their own neighbourhood and brings a sense of community by bringing everyone together in a public space.

The program also links teens to a revolving door of youth services and the opportunity to work on other aspects of their lives.

Streetgym runs at the Lake Haven Recreation Centre on Thursday afternoons from 2:30pm to 4:40pm, and at Youth Links Centre on Bravia Ave in San Remo on Tuesday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm.

“Youth Week will truly be something special.

“The past 12 months have been incredibly challenging, especially for young people.

“For the Y NSW, the pandemic saw doors to our recreation facilities closed for months on end and our hallmark youth programs like Youth Parliament and Streetgym placed on pause,” said Y NSW Acting CEO, Bridgette Godden.

“As part of the oldest and largest youth organisation in the world, the Y NSW is premised on the absolute centrality of community connection to individual wellbeing.

“We know that opportunities to connect face-to-face are an absolute priority for young people coming out of the pandemic and so in Youth Week we are an absolute priority for young people coming out of the pandemic.

“We are absolutely pumped to see our smiling communities reunited once again to celebrate the power, resilience and tenacity of our state’s inspiring young people,” said Godden.

Youth Week runs from April 16 to 24 and the theme for 2021 is “together more than ever”.

Harry Mulholland