SA Youth Week 2022

SA Youth Week (SAYW) is South Australia’s biggest celebration of young people aged 12-25.

Held over 10 days from Friday 13 May to Sunday 22 May, SAYW recognises their ideas, talents and contributions and includes a wide range of events and activities by and for young people.

This important week aligns with the Connect and Grow priority of the State Government’s Strong Futures SA Youth Action Plan, which was launched at SA Youth Week 2020 and developed with young people for young people, to help them live, work and study in South Australia.

SA Youth Week is supported by the Department of Human Services.


SAYW resources

The SA Youth Week communications toolkit provides resources to help you promote SAYW and your event. This includes logos, social media tiles, a poster and suggested content for your newsletter, website and social media channels.

Download the SAYW communications toolkit (PDF 2.04 MB)

SAYW Events Calendar

Are you hosting an SA Youth Week event? Tell us all about it using our easy online submission form and we’ll include it in the SAYW events calendar.

Event listings should be sent to DHS by Monday 9 May 2022.


SAYW Regional Grants

Applications for grant funding in support of SA Youth Week (SAYW) celebrations closed at 3pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

South Australian regional and rural local councils, state government agencies and local organisations that work with young people (ages 12 to 25) were invited to apply for a grant of up to $1,500 if they were planning to host a project or event during SAYW that would showcase young people’s talents, contribution and achievements.

Contact US


Phone: 8207 0584

SA Youth Week Events

'Draw Animals in clothes' workshop

14 May, 1pm-2.30pm

Free event
Venue: Mount Barker Community Centre

Youth Week Art Workshop – learn to draw Anthromorphic Animals (Animals in clothes) with artist Zinia King. For children aged 8+.

Why Gawler

21 May, 3.45pm

Free event
Venue: Gawler Civic Centre

The Why Gawler showcase will feature an original song written and recorded by local young people about what makes Gawler great. (Open to Gawler residents 12-25 yrs to be involved in this project.

The showcase will include the playing of the film clip, drama performance and an opportunity for the Gawler Youth Band to play. (Open to the community)

Poetry Slam with Spoken Word SA - ``A Brighter Future: Adelaide as a low carbon city``

13 May, 5.00pm - 7.30pm

Free event
Venue: Studio 1, Adelaide City Library

You have two minutes to speak, scream, howl, whisper or sing an original poem. No props, no costumes, no music: just you, your voice, and your words. This event is an opportunity for youth aged 12 – 25 to present their own original poetry to share their vision of a low carbon Adelaide. Featuring guest judges, prizes for the winner and runner-up, and a whole lot of inspirational voices.

The Hunt

21 May, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Free event
Venue: Twelve25 Youth Centre, 17 Wiltshire Street Salisbury

A Scavenger Hunt – Adventure Quest that merges team building and technology into a fun outdoor adventure.

Teams will be on the edge of their seats as they answer questions, complete video and photo tasks, get hit with problem-solving activities and rand on the spot challenges all in the quest to earn as many points as possible.

Hosted by Scavenger Hunts Australia

Port Pirie Youth Week Digital Exhibition at City Park Projector

16 May, 5.30pm - 10.30pm

Free event
Venue: City Park, Ellen Street, Port Pirie, SA 5540

This will be a outdoor digital art exhibition that showcases youth of Port Pirie – put together by a community call out and showcased through Council’s City Park Projector Space that is a night time art space – viewed every night from approx sunset to 10.30pm. Anyone and Everyone is welcome to view the show. Feel free to bring a chair, picnic rug, an extra blanket and even some snacks to enjoy while watching the show!

Have Fun, Get Fit, Try Dragon Boating

15 May, 11.00am - 1.00pm and 22 May 11.00am - 1.00pm

Free event
Venue: Aquatic Reserve, Cnr Old Port & Bower Roads, West Lakes
(the entrance to the reserve is off Bower Road)

This event will be a beginner’s level introduction to the unique sport of dragon boating which dates back to China over 2000 years ago in which 56 million people world-wide currently participate. Dragon boating can be for recreational paddlers or people who wish to challenge themselves and extend into local, national and international championships or the ultimate level – representing Australia as an Aurora.

If you love the water and like exercise this offers a great opportunity to see if dragon boating is for you

On arrival the participants will be given a safety briefing, technique instruction, fitted with a life jacket and supplied with a paddle. Once on the water we will run through various exercises to develop the crew into working as a team.

The session will culminate in a couple of races which is when we see the competitive spirit and adrenaline rush expressed.

In dragon boating there are various age divisions and the SA Youth week’s 12-25 year age range fits nicely with our Junior (U18) and U24 and Premier 25-39. Of course for mums & dads and grand-parents we have Senior A (40+), Senior B (50+) and Senior C (60+).

Our club prides itself on being a friendly, inclusive, family-oriented, multi-cultural environment with our youngest being 9 and the oldest in their 70’s.

Participants, please wear comfortable clothes, shoes that can wet and bring a bottle of water.

Bookings are required and can be made by contacting Chris on 0419 835 358 or

Young Impact 2022 Program Launch Day

14 May, 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Free event
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Scotch College, Carruth Road, Torrens Park

Join us to hear how you or your child (5-18) can make a difference in the community by joining our collective giving group which raises funds and awareness of grassroots charities in South Australia. Our Young Impact team also learn new skills and meet other students from all over Adelaide and from different schools. The program runs for four months and culminates in our Grants Day, where our Young Impact team pool their donations and then vote for how they would like to see their donations utilised. There is no joining fee or minimum amount required and the organisation is completely run by volunteers, who are passionate about raising the profile of philanthropy and volunteerism to our younger, emerging leaders and citizens.

Women's Self-Defence Class

17 May, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Free event
Venue: Adelaide University Thebarton Sports Centre, Building 5, Winwood Street, Thebarton

Join martial artist and self defence expert Lauren Degabriele as she presents an introduction to women’s self-defence. Topics covered include strategies for self-protection, crime prevention and personal awareness. Her class works no matter your experience, size, strength or fitness. You will have lots of fun too!


Young Mums Group - Special Event

18 May, 10am-12pm

Free event
Venue: Cheeky Monkey Cafe, Mount Barker

If you’re a young parent, mum, dad, family or parent to be aged 25 or younger, come along to the Cheeky Monkey Cafe, enjoy free morning tea and enjoy connecting with other young parents in the area.

Neo Teen Takeover: Free/State

21 May, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

Free event
Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

Neo Teen Takeover provides a platform for arts and youth-focused organisations to engage with young people aged 13-17, whether through artist-led workshops, installations, performances and other activities in response to AGSA’s latest exhibitions.

Youth Week VR Party!

13 May, 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Brocas Youth Centre

Kick start youth week at the Brocas!
We’re throwing a party for those aged 12-18 years, to celebrate the young people in our community.
Virtual Reality + Games Theatre followed by a Live Music DJ + Pizza

Fremont Park Basketball Jam

14 May, 11.00am - 5.00pm

Free event
Venue: Fremont Park, Corner of Main South Road and Yorktown Rd Elizabeth South Australia

Head to the CLB 3v3 Fremont Park Basketball Jam this Saturday May 14th for Youth Week in the northern suburbs! The CLB AUS team will be bringing the action including 3v3 Comp, 3 Point Shootouts, Skills and Drills sessions and an Elite Showcase! Free Entry from 11 am. Bring some money for lunch and grab a burger at the Daisy Burger food truck! Music all day!

Youth Week Launch Party

13 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

The Foundry is hosting a Youth Week Launch Party with an American Diner Theme. Construct your own burger and fries combo from scratch and create your own milkshake masterpiece. Come along to learn from our resident nutritionist and join the party with other young people! For young people aged 15 – 25.

Pot Plant Painting

16 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

Come and decorate your very own succulent pot plant to brighten up your home or gift to a friend! We will be painting terracotta pots with colourful shapes and patterns. For young people aged 15 – 25.

Cards Making

18 May, 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Free event
Venue: Welcoming Centre, 100 Drayton St, Bowden 5007

Craft session making original cards for your family and friends. Material provided.

Barista training with Living Jute and HG Coffee School

18 May, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Free event
Venue: Living Jute, 1/231 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla.

This workshop will introduce you to the skills needed to become a Barista and will cover:

– Grinding coffee beans, dosing coffee and tamping coffee.
– Steaming, stretching and pouring milk.
– Customer service and what it’s like to work in a café.

Ages: 14 – 18.

Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

20 May, 7pm

Free event
Venue: Wallis Cinema Mount Barker

A free screening of Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (M)! Arrive early for giant games and photobooth. For ages 12 – 25.

A Night at The Drive-In

13 May, 6.00pm

Free event
Venue: Karoonda Oval, via Stokes Road

The Youth Action Committee presents ‘A Night at The Drive-In’ an all ages event for the community to come along and enjoy a night out watching the Pixar classic ‘Shrek’.

Robotic Smart Cars

16 May, 3.30pm - 5.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Mawson Centre

Build and code your own mini robotic Smart Car and test them out on our race track!

In this session, the facilitator will introduce the class to two coding methods and some basic principles behind robotics and coding. Students will then learn how to build simple programs step by step and program a mini smart car. There will also be a fun quiz during the session! By the end of the 90 minute session, each student should be able to grasp the basics of robotics, coding and logic, as well as some problem solving skills.

Wakefield 2022: Game on!

20 May, 2.00pm - 7.00pm

Free event
Venue: Balaklava Town Hall, 8 Wallace Street, Balaklava SA 5461

Adelaide based Anime and Video Games festival group AVCON will be leading the free event bringing their anime, gaming, cosplay, pop culture, art and entertainment to Balaklava.
All the latest gaming consoles will be booted on ready to play with Nintendo Switch, Xbox and Play Station consoles on offer, featuring games such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers and a variety of other hit titles across all the consoles.
If video games aren’t quite your speed, AVCON will also be bringing its expansive collection of table-top board games, including a featured demo of Dungeons and Dragons.

IDAHOBIT Afternoon Tea

17 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

Join us for our IDAHOBIT Day event. We will be demonstrating that we stand with the LGBTQIA+ community by hosting a rainbow afternoon tea for young people.

Anime and Manga Art Club

19 May, 11.30am - 2.30pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

Drop in between 11.30am – 2.30pm and join in our Anime and Manga themed art club to hang out with fellow anime lovers. Our professional illustrator Ciarne will teach you how to draw your favourite anime and manga characters or provide her original colouring in sheets for you to complete. All materials are supplied but you are welcome to bring your own art supplies as well.

Paint My Story

15 May, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Free event
Venue: Renmark Institute, 54 Ral Ral Ave, Renmark SA 5341

Join local artist, Daniel Giles, for an afternoon of painting. The workshop will explore family identity through images, which participants will paint on objects found around their home or community such as rocks, bark or a lamp shade. Children and young people are encouraged to bring a family member of any age to paint with! You will then have the option of exhibiting your work in the Chaffey Theatre throughout Youth Week!

Talking Money - Financial Literacy Workshop

20 May, 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Free event
Venue: Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton

Money – It’s something you’ll always need. It can provide you freedom, and has the power to help you realise your dreams and secure your future. Join Mary from Uniting Care Wesley Bowden to find out how to look after it and use it wisely.

Ages: 14 – 21.


Open House Come and Have A Go

16 May, 9.00am

Free event
Venue: 5GTR-FM 25 Alexander Street

This will be a whole week of Open House Come and Have a Go, learning about the many facets of Community Radio and the ability to go to air.

South Australian Youth Forum Open Workshop

21 May, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Free event
Venue: Burnside Community Centre

Are you a young person in years 10-12 in SA? Join the South Australian Youth Forum in an open workshop to celebrate Youth Week 2022!

The South Australian Youth Forum provides a platform for young people, between 15 to 18, to engage, discuss and debate issues of relevance that directly affect them. By meeting once a month for the duration of 2022, the delegates are provided with an opportunity to input their opinion and views.

Our vision is:
​1. Give young people a voice
2. Empower young people
3. Allow representation in decision-making
4. Connect young people in the community

We would love to broaden our representation by having an open consultation with young people from years 10-12in South Australia. In the workshop, we will be discussing main issues that youth are affected by.

All insights and ideas are welcomed and will be recorded in the SA Youth Forum’s Annual Report. This report will then be delivered to community groups and Parliamentarians.

We will be having open discussions about different issues, then brainstorming possible initiatives that youth want to see implemented to improve these.

The South Australian Youth Forum and this open workshop are run by young people for young people, so come along to connect and become empowered by other young change-makers!

Proudly supported by Burnside Council and the Youth Affairs Council South Australia

Paint in 3D using Virtual Reality

18 May, 2.00pm - 5.10pm

Free event
Venue: Salisbury Community Hub

You can use the full space as a canvas for your artwork!

By moving your body, you can make 3D art. If you want to see how virtual reality at room scale allows you to be completely free when making art, choose this session. Work together to make a VR art piece that will be shown online.

Drop In Discovery Day - Volunteering Opportunities

20 May, 2.00pm - 5.30pm

Free event
Venue: OYEH (Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub) Shop 2, 24-28 Beach Rd, Christies Beach SA 5165, Australia

Enjoy some snacks, have some fun, listen to music, draw with your friends, play some games, and whilst you’re at it – discover what pathways exist to connect you to cool projects, awesome people, and organisations in the not-for-profit sector that are working on things that you care about!

Find out what benefits volunteering holds, and how it has given Blaze (our host) the confidence to overcome crippling anxiety, the skills to earn money as a self-employed business owner, the experience needed to get a job she loves AND an epic opportunity to travel to the other side of the planet (expenses paid) to work with volunteers from across the globe. This event provides people aged 12-25 an opportunity to meet like-minded people in a safe space dedicated to exploring ideas, passions, and interests.

This is a no obligation drop-in opportunity to explore your potential and share your ideas. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds and encourage any relevant support persons to accompany a young person on the day.

Brunch Club

18 May, 11.00am - 1.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

We are hosting our first brunch club to celebrate Youth Week. Help yourself to a pancake stack and meet some of our beautiful team members here at The Foundry to see how they can help you reach your potential. Open to young people aged 15 – 25.

Pizza Party

20 May, 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Free event
Venue: The Foundry by SYC. 46 Carrington Street, Adelaide 5000.

Prepare for a feast! Design the pizza of your dreams with other young people guided by our resident nutritionist to celebrate the end of Youth Week 2022. Young people aged 15 – 25 welcome!

RAA Car Care Workshop

16 May, 4.15pm - 5.45pm

Free event
Venue: Hamra Centre Library, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton

Have you ever wondered what’s under the bonnet?

RAA invites you to participate in their Car Care workshop. In this hands-on session, RAA representatives will share their expertise to build confidence in basic car maintenance.

Workshops involve thirty minutes of classroom theory and an hour of hands-on experience with an RAA vehicle whereby participants learn a broad range of skills including changing a tyre and checking the oil.


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