Beat Column, Wednesday April 8, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

Hopefully you’re slowly recovering from the food coma of a weekend that was Easter, and enjoying your last week of school holidays. If you were away at Byron Bay for Bluesfest, we hope you got some sun and plenty of beautiful tunes in you. It’d be hard to forget the sweet sounds of Alabama Shakes, Angus & Julia Stone and Gary Clark Jr. too quickly.

If you’re 15-24 years old and are looking for work, The Brotherhood of St. Laurence is offering a 13 week full time training program that will offer you opportunities for work placement through career guidance, tailored individual support and enabling connections with employers. It’s commencing this month and will be located in Laverton, Taylors Hill and Craigieburn. Could be a great way to kick-start a career for yourself. Jump on www.bsl.org.au for further details.

Are you from Hobsons Bay and know someone between the ages of 12-24 who inspire you? Future Leaders Unite and Hobsons Bay are looking for the most inspirational young people in the Hobsons bay area, who are making a difference in their community or school, following their dreams or are an inspiration to other young people. Winners will receive a certificate and a $100 shopping voucher. To nominate or read more about it, go to www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia and this year it’s running from April 10-19. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia are involved in NYW each year and it’s a great way to get involved in organising or participating in events for young people. If you check in with your closest FReeZA committee they’re sure to have a few events running near you that you could help with, or attend. Get on www.freeza.vic.gov.au to look up committees near you.

If you’re at school doing Year 10, 11 or 12 this year, and have a passion for film, in particular documentaries, then Hothouse at ACMI would be perfect for you. Hothouse aims to develop the youth of Victoria’s screen talent by running an intensive one week workshop during June/July. Their focus this year is Documentaries. They are looking for 10 talented students to take part in this free of charge, rare opportunity. For details about the application process, go to www.acmi.net.au. Applications close May 25.

All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday April 8

Off The Street w/ Jose and the coffee mugs and other local artists, Woodend Skate Park, 12pm, Free, www.facebook.com/macedonrangesyouth, AA

Go Skateboarding for Youth Week w/ Check Mate, Atkinson Park Kerang , 10-4pm, Free, https://www.facebook.com/ndchskerang/timeline, AA

Thursday April 9

Go Skateboarding for Youth Week, w/ Check Mate, Cohuna Skate Park Cohuna, 10am-4pm, Free, https://www.facebook.com/ndchskerang/timeline, AA

Saturday April 11

Architects  w/ Stick To Your Guns, Being As An Ocean and Stories, Arrow On Swanston, 488 Swanston St, Carlton, 5:00pm, $50.50, http://tickets.oztix.com.au/, AA

Autumn Sounds w/ Residual, Revolution, Coopers Band, Ampersands, Steampack Gardens, Geelong Water Front, 1-5pm, Free, www.courthouse.org.au, AA