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Young mob encouraged to show off DJ skills at Naarm's Young Onez First Nations Youth Summit

Dechlan Brennan -

The Young Onez First Nations Youth Summit, a three day summit for young people in Naarm begins on Friday, specifically designed for mob between 13-30 years old with an interest in being creative.

Presented by YIRRAMBOI and VicHealth, and directed by Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara woman Rosie Kalina, the summit is about connecting young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through creativity.

Held at narrm ngarrgu Library in the Naarm/Melbounre CBD, Young Onez kicks off with a mob-only mixer, followed by a full day of creative workshops mentored by leading local artists, before finishing with a festival where young people get to see their mentors do their thing.

It doesn't matter if young people are just starting out, or are an expert on the decks, Young Onez is a place where young mob can connect and create together.

There will be mural painting, Possum skin cloak making, DJ workshops and T-shirt making.

Ms Kalina told National Indigenous Times Young Onez was facilitated by incredible people in the community who are making waves in creative spaces.

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"It's about wellbeing through the arts, in particular for young people, so there is a long-term initiative for how best to work with young first nations people," she said.

"As a First Nations person growing up off country, I often felt isolated in school. I was one of three Aboriginal kids at one point. I'm passionate about bringing young mob together to connect through creativity. It's beneficial in so many ways, in particular for our long term mental wellbeing.

"We must nurture future generations by creating opportunities like this, ensuring our young ones have access to resources, and breaking down those barriers we're met with. It's important to have events that celebrate First Nations young people, shining light on the incredible talent we have in our communities."

Creative Melbourne portfolio lead Jamal Hakim said the City of Melbourne was proud to support the event and encourage young people to show off their creative flair.

"This is a unique, one-of-a-kind festival that brings the best of Indigenous music, fashion and visual art together," Cr Hakim said.

Registration is free - tickets can be booked online here.

Day 1: The Gathering Friday 5 April 3pm-6pm

Come along and meet the mentors, get a feel for the creative workshops, and take home a free bag of goodies from local Blak businesses.

Day 2: The Workshops Saturday 6 April 11am-4pm

10 incredibly talented & experienced First Nations creatives and mentors will be facilitating workshops across music, fashion, visual art and more. Participants will get first-hand experience and an opportunity to try out all there is to offer.

Day 3: The Festival Sunday 7 April 5pm-8pm

Time to see your mentors do their thing! Live performances by Djirri Djirris, Jada Weazel, Kidd Benny, Yambra + a surprise guest!

Young Onez is supported by VicHealth as part of Future Reset, a VicHealth partnership with the arts sector to move the dial on young people's collective health and wellbeing.

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