Ravenswood teens get into Youth Week

RAVENSWOOD teens have had their say on the future of the town, learnt new skills, enjoyed a barbecue, and participated in art classes as part of National Youth Week celebrations.

The celebrations started at 3pm yesterday with a free barbecue at the town's skate park and the Fair Go For Girls,  Me art challenge at the Neighbourhood House.

Neighbourhood House community development co-ordinator Julie Moy said   youths were surveyed at the barbecue to find out how they felt about the town and how it could be improved.

``This is just the start of a project,'' Ms Moy said.

She said the responses, which included things like having more football, boxing and martial arts in the town, would be gathered and read and then work would start to make improvements.

An all-girls art class is one of the things already happening in the town to give young girls more opportunities.

Class co-ordinator Lyn Bester said it came from the idea that girls didn't like doing everything with boys and as a way to build self esteem.

A group of grade 6 girls spent yesterday afternoon at the neighbourhood house making collages and paintings that were a reflection of themselves.

Tahlia Donoghue, 12, of Ravenswood, said she made collages of flowers, old houses and Alice in Wonderland as they were some of her favourite things.

Youth Week activities continue across the state this week.

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