Be who you want to be during Youth Week 2018

Tauranga Youth Development TeamLaura McLennan, Becks Clarke and Charissa Vincent are holding events next week to mark Youth Week, including barbecues at local high schools. Photo: Bruce Barnard.

Local youth workers will be serving up sausages with a side of inspiration to Tauranga students this month to mark Youth Week 2018.

The week is held every May and is a nationwide festival of events to celebrate the talents, passions and success of young people in New Zealand. This year’s theme is: ‘Be who you want to be’.

The Tauranga Youth Development Team will be visiting local secondary schools and tertiary institutions from May 14-24, serving up a barbecue alongside entertainment and live interactive art.

Urban Dance will perform, along with musician Josh Pow, and artist Millie Newitt will help students create leaves with positive messaging to make up a tree that will be gifted back to the schools.

TYDT is also running a youth film competition where young people can create a short video based around the 2018 Youth Week theme. Entries are open until May 25.

On May 26, the top 10 entries from the film competition will be screened at Basestation in Durham Street, along with Back to the Future II from 5.30-9pm. A sausage sizzle and drinks will be available for a gold coin donation. To book your free ticket visit:

A voting poll will open on the TYDT Facebook page from May 28-June 1, with the winning entry receiving either $100 worth of film equipment or a lunch food shout.

For a film competition information pack, email:

To see the TYDT schedule of school visits, go to the Tauranga Youth Development Team – TYDT Facebook page.