Young people will be taught how to party under new program

Strathfield’s young people will get lessons in life from a new program – including how to party safely, keep fit, cook and avoid violence.

The 10-session program, aimed at 12-24 year olds, is a first.

The Mad Fridays concept came out of a NSW Youth Council Conference in 2015 attended by nine youngsters from Strathfield, in which they were asked to design a program for their peers.

“Mad Fridays offers local young people the opportunity to connect with skilled youth workers who will not only deliver valuable programs, but can also support those who need help or guidance,” said a Council spokesperson.

The program will run for 10 months with sessions held on the last Friday of each month between February and November at the Strathfield Community Centre in Homebush.

There will be sessions on sport and recreation, healthy lifestyle, fitness, life skills and wellbeing.

While fitness and wellbeing are common topics for youth workshops, some other sessions stand out, such as cooking, anti-violence and a party-safe workshop.

The anti-violence workshop will offer participants advice and tools on how to manage anger, violence or any volatile situation, while the party-safe session will discuss the importance of drinking and partying responsibly.

It will cover various issues such as the use of alcohol and other drugs, binge drinking, drink driving and looking out for friends.

Mad Friday is just one of the programs devised by Strathfield Council’s Youth Engagement Advisory Committee for the benefit of young residents and the community.

Strathfield’s Young Citizen of the Year, Jafer Naim, coordinated Council’s Youth Week celebrations.

While studying in Year 11 at Strathfield South High School, Jafer also volunteered through the committee’s Technology for Seniors program.

“As a member of the committee, we seek to raise awareness on issues that concern us all, even the little ones, and plan educational events where people can come to learn more or just to be with others and know that we are all here to help them,” he told the Scene.

Jafer said he loves the multicultural aspect of Strathfield.

“It truly makes you feel at home, with people not making a fuss about your background.

“It’s great to see people appreciating and learning about one another’s culture and enjoying the different celebrations. It reminds us all that no matter who we are, or where we are from, we are all one.”

Strathfield Council has enlisted the assistance of Auburn Youth Centre for Mad Fridays to mentor the kids due to their prior experience in such programs.

“We want the kids to work with the youth workers and benefit on a regular basis. Strathfield has a growing young population and through these workshops we are trying to recognise their needs,” said Yvonne Yun, Manager Community Services, Strathfield Council.


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