Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith celebrated the contribution of Victoria's one million young people aged 12 to 25 in Victorian Parliament today.
Mr Smith said National Youth Week was an annual week-long celebration of young people throughout Australia.
"The theme for National Youth Week this year is Imagine, Create, Inspire – and indeed that is what more than 20,000 young Victorians are doing right across this state with more than 80 events being supported by the Victorian Coalition Government in partnership with the Australian Government and youthbeyondblue," Mr Smith said.
Thousands of young Victorians will be showcasing their creativity throughout the week, through events and activities including art and performance exhibitions, sporting competitions, festivals and forums.
Mr Smith also acknowledged the work of 2012 National Youth Week Victorian Young Member Stephanie Raike.
"Stephanie has done a fantastic job as Victoria's National Youth Week representative. She is yet another great young Victorian to come out of Frankston.
"I take this opportunity to thank her for her time and acknowledge her very busy schedule this week," Mr Smith said.
The Victorian Coalition Government is not only supporting young Victorians' participation in National Youth Week, but has also increased investment in a whole range of programs that support the active participation of young Victorians.
These programs include the Advance volunteering program, Involve! Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Engage! grants program that supports mentoring, volunteering, skills and training projects, and the popular FReeZA program.
"All these programs support the positive contribution that young Victorians make to our communities," Mr Smith said.
"I congratulate all those who have been involved in the planning and running of National Youth Week events across Victoria."