Teens take starring role in brighter future

Cailyn Stephens (16), Daniel Foxall (17), Youth Futures WA chief executive Mark Wait, Youth Minister Tony Simpson and Nathan Tapia (15).
Cailyn Stephens (16), Daniel Foxall (17), Youth Futures WA chief executive Mark Wait, Youth Minister Tony Simpson and Nathan Tapia (15).

Youth Minister Tony Simpson joined students from Youth Futures WA’s Community Outreach Model of Education and Training (COMET) program in recreating a crime scene for the workshop, complete with special-effects make-up.

The hands-on project was run by Curtin University tutors and filmed with help from a $1000 National Youth Week grant.

‘Many of these young people face barriers that restrict their participation in the community and workshops like these are an important step forward in their development,’ Mr Simpson said.

‘It was great meeting these students and hearing about the positive impact of this program.

‘Taking part in the special effects make-up activity was great fun and the students’ enthusiasm is fantastic.’

The minister said the event was one of many innovative ideas that would be showcased during National Youth Week (April 4-13), with 88 organisations receiving State Government grants to host events in line with the theme ‘Our Voice, Our Impact’.

‘All the events are youth-led which gives young people a chance to learn new skills and participate in decision-making that directly affects their interests while contributing to their local community,’ he said.