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Gold Coast Youth

The City recognises the valuable contribution young people make to our city. Find out about the City of Gold Coast Youth Plan and related activities.

Gold Coast Youth


Exhibit @ Exchange

Festival of Ideas, Gold Coast 23 to 24 June 2017

Exchange is a festival of ideas. It's a feast of pop up experiences including free or low cost workshops, panels, interactions, presentations, exchanges and discussions held and hosted in various locations in the city CBD, Southport.

Exchange provides a platform for young people aged 18 to 25 years to explore ideas from theoretical concepts to thoughts on city planning; from initiating sparks of creativity to ideas on how to start your own business, and ideas on connecting to local interest clubs and groups to ideas on building community.

Exchange is in its inaugural year. The 2017 event will focus on the exploration of innovative ideas for practical everyday living.

Registrations open soon.

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Exhibit @ Exchange

A centrepiece of Exchange will be the Exhibition. Exhibit @ Exchange is an opportunity for young creators, inventors, thinkers, innovators, designers, makers, social entrepreneurs, inventors, songwriters... to showcase, promote and sell creations.

If you would like to exhibit please see the Exhibit @ Exchange information sheet.

Originals Collaborator Award

We are also delighted to invite collaborators to nominate for the first ever ‘Originals Collaborator Award ‘.

Please see the Exhibit @ Exchange information sheet.

National Youth Week

2017 National Youth Week was held between the 31 March to 9 April 2017. The city of Gold Coast was transformed into a wonderland of free and low cost activities to celebrate Youth Week. Events were held all over the city from Upper Coomera to Coolangatta.

Level Up

The City of Gold Coast’s youth arts incubator program Level Up aims to engage emerging young artists transitioning from school, work or tertiary studies to a career in the creative industries sector on the Gold Coast.

It will provide a unique opportunity for emerging young artists to take their arts practice to the next level and be a part of the city’s vibrant cultural landscape.

Find out more about the Level Up program.

Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020

Gold Coast Youth Plan 2020 - A plan to embrace our young potential was adopted by Council on 18 October 2016.

The Plan was presented to Council by 2015 Junior Mayor Zuzana and 2016 Junior Mayor William. The Plan provides a strategic framework for the delivery of City services to the growing number of young people living in the city.

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Young people make an invaluable contribution to the city. In 2014, there were 106,197 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 living on the Gold Coast, representing almost 20 per cent of the total population. The City provides infrastructure like skate, BMX, and park facilities, and delivers many programs and activities for young people in our community centres, libraries, and parks.

We're also committed to hearing young people’s thoughts and ideas through year-round youth engagement programs, encouraging young people to share their unique perspectives and fresh insights.

Check out the links on our Youth services and events page.

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