Youth day strikes positive note
KYOGLE showed what it has to offer its youth at the Day in the Park festival yesterday.
Young people from across the local government area came together at the town's newly refurbished Kyogle Memorial Park to enjoy a day of entertainment and a free barbecue, hosted by Kyogle Youth Action.
Young artists, dancers and musicians strutted their stuff in front of an appreciative crowd, while 14-year-old Kleon Toffetti operated the sound system.
It was a skill he learnt through training undertaken at Kyogle Youth Action.
He said Kyogle had a lot going for it and also had some great services for young people.
"A lot of kids are into drugs and underage drinking," he said.
But the town's youth centre provided young people with more positive recreational activities and access to services, he said.
Keegan Watts, 19, was representing Kyogle Youth Ventures, a group that focuses on creating positive role models for young people aged 11-14 years.
He said Youth Ventures helped youths connect with peers and provided them with mentorship.
Kyogle Together manager Margaret Hughes said the festival was about creating a safe space for young people to come together.
The festival was also an opportunity for service providers to showcase services available to youth, including a performance by Kyogle-based Circus Express.
The circus school holds classes every Monday at the Kyogle Showground: preschoolers 3.15-4pm, primary aged children 4-5.30pm and teenagers 5.30am-7.30pm.
It also holds classes on Tuesday's at Barkers Vale Public School from 3.30-5pm.