COOPERATIVE PROJECT: Our Voice Our Impact, final product from youth workshop.
COOPERATIVE PROJECT: Our Voice Our Impact, final product from youth workshop.

Creative session allows youth to express themselves

LEADING up to Youth Week, Gladstone's PCYC - combined with Community Arts on Goondoon - hosted an art workshop for local teenagers with the hope of being showcased in the celebrations in Brisbane later this month.

Anna Witty, youth co-ordinator at Gladstone's PCYC, was excited to bring this experience to young people in the region.

"We have been very lucky to get the opportunity to offer this experience to local youth," Ms Witty said.

"The project Community Arts on Goondoon came up with was quite a challenge and, at first glance, some of those attending thought 'uh oh, I'm never going to manage this' and then were astounded at what they produced."

Christa Coetzee interpreted this year's Youth Week theme Our Voice, Our Impact in a creative way, depicting "an invisible youth with a tangible barrier, screaming for acceptance".

"I must admit it was rewarding to see the young adults walk proud after their creative session!" Ms Coetzee said.

Jenny Fournier enjoyed assisting the young artists to showcase their talent.

"For some of the kids who worked on this project, you could see they really enjoyed it," Ms Fournier said.

"They put a lot of concentration into it and got quite 'lost' and carried away with the whole process."

Ms Coetzee is thankful to Marietjie Louw, of Faith Baptist Church School, for organising the printing of reference images used during the workshop.

Ms Witty should have news shortly about which works will be selected for display in Brisbane during the Youth Week celebration.