Shining spotlight on South Australia's youth

Celebrate the young South Australians making a difference.

Celebrate the young South Australians making a difference.

Over the next four weeks, the Fairfax Media South Australian regional newspapers will be highlighting the importance of youth in the political, economic and social spheres of life, whether it be local, statewide, national or international.

The campaign is running in conjunction with International Youth Day, which will be held on August 12 with the theme of ‘Youth Building Peace’.

By putting youth in the spotlight we hope to raise their profile in the region and emphasise how many young people are doing great things with little or no recognition.

Whether it is helping others to cope with low self esteem or bullying, supporting a resource by fundraising or putting an issue such as climate change or poverty at the forefront, you will be amazed at the efforts of local youth.

Case by case

Nuriootpa teenager Kaylee Caruso is finding her feet in the world one step at a time.

Nuriootpa teenager Kaylee Caruso is finding her feet in the world one step at a time.

Kaylee Caruso is brave and bold, yet understands she is far from perfect. The Nuriootpa teen is also aware that by admitting to a life involving an illicit drug, dieting and suicidal thoughts, it may expose her to more ridicule – but her only concern is supporting other youths in the same situation. Read more

Simone and Brad Gillies and Lochie McPhail relax in the Naracoorte ILC's new outdoor space. A group of nine students constructed the outdoor furniture out of recycled wood with the help of several teachers.

Simone and Brad Gillies and Lochie McPhail relax in the Naracoorte ILC's new outdoor space. A group of nine students constructed the outdoor furniture out of recycled wood with the help of several teachers.

Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre (ILC) have been putting their DIY skills to the test. As part of their Community Studies subject, a group of nine Year 11 and 12 students have created a paved outdoor space featuring coffee tables, seating and a chook run predominantly made out of recycled wooden pallets. Read more

Samuel Danzic, directors Alyssa Biele and Rebekah Danzic, Maia Trewartha and (front) Amy Malota are all local youth from Passionis Productions.

Samuel Danzic, directors Alyssa Biele and Rebekah Danzic, Maia Trewartha and (front) Amy Malota are all local youth from Passionis Productions.

Passionis Productions is all about helping youth deal with low self esteem and mental health issues through creative expression and performance. At just 22 years of age, directors Rebekah Danzic and Alyssa Biele have been running the youth organisation for four years and have seen some remarkable developments. Read more

 Mahia Tarrant-Trevena at the Streaky Bay Hospital and Health Services garden, where she would speak to Elmhaven residents. Picture: Luca Cetta

Mahia Tarrant-Trevena at the Streaky Bay Hospital and Health Services garden, where she would speak to Elmhaven residents. Picture: Luca Cetta

Mahia Tarrant-Trevena said it was her passion for volunteering which continued to spur her forward. The 18-year-old splits her time between Meals on Wheels, Streaky Bay Hospital and Health Services and the local ambulance group. Read more

Eyre Peninsula Young Rural Ambassador Kane Goldsworthy spoke at the Young Rural Ambassador Symposium.

Eyre Peninsula Young Rural Ambassador Kane Goldsworthy spoke at the Young Rural Ambassador Symposium.

Kane Goldsworthy has been in rural communities all of his life, beginning in Roxby Downs, where his family worked on a cattle station, until 2012 when he and his family moved to Port Neill. Since moving to the area, the 16-year-old has been involved in the community, especially the Cleve Show. Read more

Members of the Youth Advisory Committee painting Buddy Benches will be placed in seven schools across the Mid North.

Members of the Youth Advisory Committee painting Buddy Benches will be placed in seven schools across the Mid North.

The Youth Advisory Committee of the Clare and Gilbert Valley have taken steps to further strengthen an anti-bullying message across schools in the Mid North with its Buddy Bench initiative. Read more

16-year-old Dylan Kaulins is riding 224 kilometres in the Ride for Sick Kids event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

16-year-old Dylan Kaulins is riding 224 kilometres in the Ride for Sick Kids event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Teenage cyclist Dylan Kaulins has been clocking up the kilometres on two wheels as he looks towards his next charity ride. The 16-year-old has already competed in the 2017 BUPA Challenge earlier this year where he raised $1,000 for Cancer Council Australia. Read more

Port Pirie's Jake Tilley, left, Chloe McBride and Chloe Murray are on target to help teenagers through the Young Humanitarian Collective.

Port Pirie's Jake Tilley, left, Chloe McBride and Chloe Murray are on target to help teenagers through the Young Humanitarian Collective.

The first country youth team known as the Young Humanitarian Collective has been formed in Port Pirie. They operate under the auspices of Australian Red Cross and aim to improve life for young people. Read more

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