YOH FEST!...but not as you know it
COVID saw us enter a new paradigm of social dynamic and practice. Never before had it been so important to give a voice to those who are marginalised and isolated. Thus the online digital platform of the Act Belong Commit YOH Fest ScreenFest was born!
Schools were invited to submit performance, media, musical and visual art creations digitally to be judged. These entries were then showcased online via our website gallery and social media.
Even with restrictions eased, ScreenFest lives on! It still plays an important role in our festival; it enables students from anywhere and everywhere take part. The limitations of location, budget, and busy school calendars no longer present an issue, with schools invited to submit their works at any time that suits them before a due date.
So come on board! Join us at YOH Fest ScreenFest!
Showcase Sneak Peak
This short film tells the story of a young boy who decides that all he wants to eat is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and does not enjoy eating the ethnic food that his mother prepares for him. A few years later, after learning of his mother's passing, he regrets his actions and how he disrespected his mother when he was younger. The son then learns to respect his culture and begins to enjoy and respect his cultural food. The health message of respect in this short film is through showing respect of culture.
A short experimental film exploring how we define ourselves, and how we are defined, by societal expectations. Ultimately, viewers are encouraged to embrace who they are and respect their current place in life, knowing they will eventually end up where they are meant to be, and just to respect and try to enjoy the process of coming of age in these complex times.
Kai Stewart (Year 7) - Kimberley View
Being an Aboriginal student, I wanted my painting to reflect the style of my culture and show my respect towards it. There are many boab trees in the region where I live, this is which I wanted to represent that tree through my painting, surrounded with Aboriginal designs.
The Act-Belong-Commit health theme for 2023#Respect
Respect is something that everyone recognises as an important value across many facets of life. But what exactly does respect look like to you and how do you hold yourself and others to a high standard of respect?
Respecting your wellbeing plays an important part of your overall wellness and enables you to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem and be better able to cope with whatever life throws at you.
Self respect is about treating yourself with care. Respecting yourself also prevents you from comparing yourself and your life with other people. Respect in relationships can also mean that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they're different from you or you don't agree with them - leading to feelings of trust, safety and wellbeing.
Do you believe respecting your mental health is just as important as your physical health? How do you respect yourself and those around you?
Meet the team behind YOHFestCarole Dhu
Director of Judging
Carole has been involved with YOH Fest since 2001! Extraordinary.
Anyone who knows Carole knows of her deep passion for, and dedication to the Arts.
She is also a master at ensuring everyone involved feels engaged and important. Carole continues to be inspired by seeing the end result of the creative process - how students interpreted and expressed their health message.
Meet the team behind YOHFestKaren Lyons
YOH Fest project coordinator
Karen has been the face behind the scenes of YOH Fest since 2011.
Her outstanding communication and organizational skills is what keeps YOH Fest running so smoothly. The thrill of the whole festival is what drives her; seeing the whole event come together throughout the course of the year and being amongst all the incredible talent and powerful stories shared.
Meet the team behind YOHFestVolunteers
YOH Fest’s amazing volunteers are made up of our Youth Ambassadors, and members of the Youth Leadership team.
The Youth Ambassadors are located right across WA, and volunteer at the heats in their region.
The Mandurah based Youth on Leadership Team assist behind the scenes - with event management and project delivery.
To our YOH Fest supporters for 2023Thank You!
YOH Fest has had a long standing partnership with Healthway and this partnership is of paramount importance to the success of our mission. Their continued support has been significant to our sustainability and growth - helping enable us to become a leading Arts based health promotion event for West Australian youth.
YOH Fest aligned with their Act-Belong-Commit campaign; adopting, preserving and leading the promotion of a core value central to the program - a healthy lifestyle.
YOH Fest is proud to be a Mandurah based project.
To have the support of the City of Mandurah, and recognition as one of the major events held in the Peel region - is extremely important.
If you would like to be part of making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people, enquire about financial and in-kind sponsorship opportunities that are available. Either view our capability statement, or contact us to start a conversation.
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