Youth Solutions' E News for April 2014

E News April 2014

Message from the CEO – Geraldine Dean

Geraldine DeanFirstly, thank you to our E Newsletter subscribers who read our publication each month. 

We were delighted to receive a ZEST Award for our project in partnership with the Campbelltown Catholic Club, 'What's the cost to you?'. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud that our partnership has been recognised. You can read our full article about the award here. 

In other news, we were asked to join Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise panel to discuss the dangerous viral drinking game 'Neknominate'. It was great to speak on behalf of our Service and acknowledge the young people in our community who make safer choices and reject viral trends like this one. Visit our website to view the segment.  

Please read on for more details about what has been happening at Youth Solutions and what we are up to in next few months. 

Written by Brooke Manzione, Communications and Marketing Coordinator 

As I wrap up my final days as a Youth Solutions staff member, I am compelled to write a heartfelt thank you to the Youth Solutions Board, team, young people and the Macarthur and Wingecarribee community (where I call home).
It has been an absolute pleasure working for an organisation that focuses on building resilience in young people and providing them with the knowledge and tools to reach their full potential. Not only is Youth Solutions an important service in our community, it is made up of amazing and inspiring people.
To everyone I have met or worked with over the last three years; thank you for the memories and for making my job a pleasure to go to every day. 


Wollondilly Shire Council's Young Citizen of the Year - Shayley Venn

Youth Advisory Group (YAG) member, Shayley Venn, was awarded 'Young Citizen of the Year' at Wollondilly Shire Council's Australia Day celebrations. 

Shayley is one of the founding members of the YAG and has been involved with Youth Solutions since 2010. We are thrilled she has been acknowledged for her hard work and dedication to her community. 

We would also like to mention YAG members Casey Green, Emily Elliott and Stephanie Blaker who were also awarded 'Certificates of Achievement' at various Australia Day celebrations in Macarthur. 


Annual Charity Golf Day - NEW DATE: Friday 9 May 2014 

Due to the relentless rain that occured at the end of last month, we had to postpone our Annual Charity Golf Day. 

Good news is, if you couldn't make our original date, there are still places left for our new date in May!
Join the team on the green at the Campbelltown Golf Club on Friday 9 May 2014 for the Youth Solutions Annual Charity Golf Day!

Click here for the invitation and more details. 
Book now! There are still sponsorship packages available. Numbers are limited. 

Annual Charity Event - Glitz, Glamour, GATSBY! - Saturday 19 July 2014

The Youth Solutions Annual Charity Event is happening again and this year it is going to bigger and better than ever. 

Over 400 community members will come together on Saturday 19 July at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club for the 'Glitz, Glamour, GATSBY' Youth Solutions Charity Event.
Visit our website for more details and to download a booking form.


What's the cost to you? - Safer Celebrations Campaign 2013 - 2014 

With over 2000 resources distributed, 400 surveys completed and a front page news story in three local government areas, the 'What's the cost to you?' campaign has received great positive feedback from the community. 

If you missed it, click here for the campaign video and for more info visit the Youth Solutions website or Facebook page. 

Thank you to our campaign partners,  Campbelltown Catholic Club and their management, staff and patrons. Also a thank you to our media supporters,  C91.3FM, Campbelltown - Macarthur, Camden - Narellan and Wollondilly Advertisers for making this campaign come to life.   

McDonald's Charity Fun Night 2014

Thank you to McDonald's in Macarthur stores for assisting Youth Solutions staff and volunteers at the McDonald's Charity Fun Night last month. 

We raised $3090 across 14 McDonald's stores in Macarthur. 

It was a fantastic night and a huge thank you goes to our volunteers for donating their time to help raise money for our projects and services. 

For a series of photos from the night - click here! 

Panarottis, Macarthur Square Sponsor the Youth Advisory Group

We are excited to announce that Panarottis Macarthur Square has confirmed their support of the Youth Advisory Group for a second year. 

Thank you to Peter and the team for providing the Youth Advisory Group with catering for their monthly meetings and for their belief in young people in the Macarthur and Wingecarribee regions. Not to mention the delicious food! 

Website of the month 

Your Room is a joint initiative by NSW Health and St Vincent's Alcohol and Drug Information Service. It is an interactive website that offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, their short and long term effects and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it.

Check out their 'Spinner' game which tests your drug and alcohol knowledge. Give it a go!

Your Room - Spinner Game.
Thanks to Wollondilly Shire Council for having us at the National Apology Day Event at Picton Village Green. We had a great day!
We are looking forward to more of our 'Drug, Alcohol and Resilience Education' (DARE) workshops with schools in Macarthur and Wingecarribee this year. If you are interested in having our team run workshops with young people at your school or organisation, get in touch! 
We are recruiting new members for our Young Aboriginal Reference Network (YARN). Contact to find out more!
WANTED: Young people who are full of ideas to join our Youth Advisory Group (YAG). If you are 15 - 25 years of age, live, work, study or recreate in the Macarthur region, have a keen interest in health and want to speak up for young people in your community, join our Youth Advisory Group! Contact for more info. 
Ph: 02 4628 2319

Our mailing address is:
Youth Solutions
Suite 19, Level 4, Macarthur Square Shopping Centre, Gilchrist Drive
Campbelltown, NSW 2560

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