This article has been written and prepared by Caitlin Brice and May Yan from Subi Voice of Youth.
Highlights of 2018
It has been a busy year for the Subi Voice of Youth (SVY), full of many fun and rewarding activities and opportunities – and hard work! The SVY were lucky enough to gain three new members this year and have enjoyed getting to know each other.
In April, the SVY headed to the Nostalgia Box, a video game console museum in Northbridge, for our belated Christmas and New Year celebration. It was great fun replaying some classic childhood games like Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong, on ‘retro’ consoles - definitely felt nostalgic!
In June, several members of the SVY attended the city’s Ordinary Council Meeting held in Council Chambers. It provided an invaluable opportunity to learn about what is currently going on in the city, what is in the pipeline and the processes the council undergo to make decisions.
The SVY annual quiz night A Quiz Night Out was held in August, and is always one of our favourite events to organise and run. It has become a much-loved event for young people in Subiaco that the SVY take pride in being able to run each year. A lot of hard work goes into the planning of the quiz night, and provides the SVY with many learning opportunities along the way such as planning our budget, designing promotion and marketing material, writing and testing the questions and running the event on the night. SVY and attendees all enjoyed the event - and there were even some great movie-themed costumes to get into the spirit!
In October, the SVY hosted a Halloween Makeup Workshop where participants were taught by a professional makeup artist how to create fun and spooky looks for Halloween! For all SVY events, SVY members are responsible for coming up with the concept, developing promotion, planning the event and running it on the day.
SVY has also had lots of other opportunities this year, including attending youth-led conference Yactivate and the Youth Affairs Council of WA Un-Fairground Conference, acting as emcee at the City of Subiaco Volunteer Luncheon and NAIDOC Week Flag-raising Ceremony, completing social media training and participating in city consultation for the Local Planning Strategy Review.
SVY are looking forward to celebrating the year’s achievements at our Christmas party in December, and getting ready for an even better 2019 – including our biennial Race Around Subi!
Reflections on 2018
Caitlin Brice, SVY President
During my time with the SVY I have had many new experiences, had opportunities to learn new skills and improve existing ones and have met countless new people. I had the honour of emceeing this year’s City of Subiaco Volunteers Luncheon, a role I found rewarding and enjoyed very much. It has been a pleasure to serve as the SVY President this year, and I am looking forward to serving again next year and being part of a talented group of young individuals.
May Yan, SVY Member
Since joining the SVY in March this year, it has been a whirlwind of learning and activities. From events planning to attending a Council Meeting, it has been insightful gaining hands-on experience as to what is going on behind the scenes in Subiaco. All of the SVY members have been very inclusive and I am looking forward to 2019 with SVY!
About Subi Voice of Youth
The SVY is a group of people aged twelve to twenty-five, who are interested in issues facing young people in the local and broader community. The SVY is always looking for motivated young people who want to make a positive contribution to the community. If you’re interested in joining or finding out more, visit the city’s youth page or the SVY Facebook page. For further information contact the Community Development Officer – Youth, Children & Families on 9237 9216 or firstname.lastname@example.org