Wrap up Youth Week celebrations with a bang at Urban Jams, City of Palmerston’s vibrant closing event. Part expo, part street culture extravaganza, young people aged 10-18 are invited to Palmerston Recreation Centre for over three hours of cultural activities, art, music and stacks of fun.
By Kate Conway
Niesha Korman is a Youth Volunteer with City of Palmerston, and says the event is about making local youngsters feel like they’re a welcome part of the community. She’s volunteered with Urban Jams every year since the inaugural event four years ago, and seen it grow into the nucleus of connection and collaboration it is today.
“I’ve seen a huge wave of kids start to feel familiar with the people around them, the vendors and organisations that get involved, everyone starts to know who will be there. It’s like watching a network grow,” she says.
With an eclectic program spanning everything from skateboarding to puppet making, to eSports to a video game development showcase, Urban Jams has something for everyone – with a healthy dose of friendly competition thrown in the mix!
“The kids really love competing in stuff, so the three-on-three basketball competition is a huge draw. It’s really cool watching how kids bring in other kids to muck around and have fun,” Korman says.
Alongside the entertainment and festivities, youth organisations and services hold stalls to help educate and raise awareness around issues affecting young people, highlighting the supportive and inclusive ethos
underpinning the event.
“It’s important for young people to know there’s a space for you with everyone else. And that’s what the event is all about, everyone coming together.”