Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) in Port Macquarie continues its support of youth excellence programs on the Mid North Coast through its support for Litfest2444, Luminosity and Picture Justice Australia.
Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement Kate Wood-Foye said the university supported these programs to foster the development of excellence among youth in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
"Part of our role as a university is to engage and support our community, which is why we are proud to support these diverse yet complimentary programs that encourage young people to gain knowledge and experience in an exciting non-traditional learning environment," Ms Wood-Foye said.
Charles Sturt lecturer in graphic design, Willhemina Wahlin, who will present a visual storytelling workshop at Litfest2444 and is running Picture Justice Australia, said the programs were a great opportunity to engage with youth.
"Being involved in youth development programs is a wonderful opportunity to connect with young people and show them the opportunities that the creative industries provide," Dr Wahlin said.
"Programs such as Litfest, Luminosity and Picture Justice Australia are unique opportunities for young people in regional NSW, giving them access to experts and learning that is more readily available in metro areas."
Dr Wahlin, who is coordinating Picture Justice Australia, is particularly excited because it is the first time the program has been run outside of the United States.
"Charles Sturt is playing a major role in bringing valuable expertise to Port Macquarie, as well as connecting young people to experts from the region," Dr Wahlin said.
"We've gathered together an amazing group of experts to deliver a program that aims to inspire young people, and expand their storytelling and problem-solving skills."
The Picture Justice Australia program is open to high school students from years 9 to 12 and young people up to 25 years whether they attended the university or not, with applications closing on May 31.
The five day workshop program will run from July 8-12 (school holidays-session break) at Charles Sturt University's Port Macquarie campus.
LitFest2444 on June 6 is a festival for teens to encourage and inspire young minds and explore conventional and revolutionary ways to tell their story.
An eclectic mix of presenters will explore both digital and traditional mediums. The program is open to all teens on the Mid North Coast, in years 7-12, who love to tell stories, write, draw or talk are invited.
Luminosity Youth Summit on July 24-26 is a dynamic national three-day forum uplifting young people to explore dangerous ideas for success. The event ignites creativity, excellence and entrepreneurship and fosters purpose and well-being amongst young people aged 15-25.
Over 1800 young delegates have experienced the program over the last six years and are a diverse cohort of young people from regional and rural areas from a wide variety of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.
They are encouraged to create action plans for success so they can move into adulthood and careers with passion, social conscience, innovation and enterprising ideas.