Youth play a highly important role in the Darwin community. In fact, the Northern Territory is second only to the ACT with a higher than national average youth population in comparison to its total population.
Darwin Council recognises its youth community as diverse, dynamic and requiring specialised attention. Under the Youth Services banner, Council convenes the Youth Advisory Group (YAG), the GRIND youth website and events team which hosts an annual youth event or workshop.
YAG advises Council on a range of issues and makes recommendations on issues that affect young people locally. The group acts as a central point for youth issues at a Council level and also at different times hosts projects such as THE BIG GIG and the Youth Energy Precinct.
In early 2000, City of Darwin agreed to fund a youth publication. A very small group of young people got together to create the first edition of the paper and decided to name it GRIND. Over time, Youth Services at Council has developed GRIND with local young people so that it can involve as many different young people as possible.
GRIND has evolved from a simple A3 newsletter into a fully interactive, multimedia website; reflecting how diverse the youth population is in Darwin. It is an excellent way to showcase and demonstrate to the Darwin community just how vibrant, creative and active young people are.
Since the adoption of its first Youth Strategy in 2000, all youth events supported by Council such as THE BIG GIG, POPART, WILPOWER and the GRIND website were planned, hosted and delivered exclusively by young people for young people. LAUNCH is City of Darwin’s primary youth participation program for young people by young people.
Annually, it presents a program of training, workshops and events. LAUNCH Quarterly hits the street every three months with a full program of upcoming activities and opportunities for young people at the City of Darwin. For young people, a free pocket size youth information card is produced and distributed to all students and youth service providers in the Darwin area.