Australian Teenage Expo 2013

The Kids Are All Right will be giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky person who attends the 2013 Australian Teenage Expo. Look for the Parents Cheat Sheet postcard in the showbag for all the details on how to enter. Once you’ve entered the competition, stick the postcard to your fridge so you always have Victorian school term and public holiday dates handy, along with essential phone numbers for your teenager.

Teenagers and their parents will again head to the Melbourne Showgrounds for this year’s Australian Teenage Expo, from Thursday 29 August to Saturday 31 August.

Australian Teenage Expo

Organisers Sonya and Sacha with Australian Teenage Expo patrons

The event is run by Sacha Kaluri and Sonya Karras, who have been delivering educational and motivational sessions for teenagers around Australia for 14 years. Sacha talks with The Kids Are All Right about how the Australian Teenage Expo came about, and what stalls and entertainment teenagers and their parents can expect this year.

Why did you see the need for a teenage expo?

There are expos for everything, from home renovations, pets, pregnancy and babies and even travel, but there was nothing for teenagers. It’s an important time in all of our lives and young people are often lost and need help. There are so many options now for teenagers and they can get caught amongst the information. We also know parents need to know about all the services, products, career options and employment opportunities for young people.

We could not believe there was nothing out there, so we created the ‘Australian Teenage Expo’. We have both been working as professional speakers in schools all over Australia for the past 14 years and we know teenagers and what they want. We love working with young people; it ignites something inside us when we see a teenager have a light bulb moment.

This is the third year you have run the Australian Teenage Expo. It must have been a great success last year?

The Australian Teenage Expo has exceeded our widest dreams with over 13,000 young people attending from more than 200 schools. We are extremely passionate about working with young people and giving them as many voices and opportunities as possible. Its worth all the hard work when it comes together in the end.

What did you learn from last year’s expo, and what will be different this year?

It’s not so much about what we have learned but rather how can we offer more information and opportunities for young people. There are so many amazing and talented young people out there so, inspired by ‘The Voice’, we created a singing competition for them to showcase themselves to their peers. The prize is worth over $2,000 and includes singing lessons by some of Australia’s leading singing teachers. We also have a hip hop and dance competition called DEVIa.t.e. which offers another opportunity for young people to show off their skills and be recognised and rewarded.

What are some of the stalls at the expo this year?

This year we have Channel 9 as an exhibitor, and they will be represented by contestants from ‘Big Brother’, ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, and ‘Masterchef’ – there will even be a ‘mystery box’ cook-off and young people can get up on stage and cook a meal with a past Masterchef, which will be a great experience! The Victoria Skateboard Association will have a massive space for  young people to learn how to do skateboard tricks and ride safely. And of course there will be lots of stalls offering information on health, body image, safe driving, bullying, career and study options, and many other services and products for young people. And all attendees will go home with a showbag stuffed with goodies!

Are there different issues for teenagers this year? Has anything changed about what they are into and what they want to learn about?

Cyber-safety is a big topic for us. We understand what’s going on online and we acknowledge that social media is a great tool but young people need to understand the rules and how to make sure they respect themselves and others when online.

Is the expo still a good event for parents? What if their teenager doesn’t want to hang out with them … will there still be plenty of things for them to do?

The Australian Teenage Expo is a great event for parents. In fact we encourage parents to come along. There is enough space and interactive activities for parents to be entertained and for young people to interact. We have lots of young people turn up with their parents and say it was worthwhile for everyone in the family.

The Kids Are All Right will be giving away an iPad Mini to one lucky person who attends the 2013 Australian Teenage Expo. Look for the Parents Cheat Sheet postcard in the showbag for all the details on how to enter. Once you’ve entered the competition, stick the postcard to your fridge so you always have Victorian school term and public holiday dates handy, along with essential phone numbers for your teenager.

 

Stall at Australian Teenage Expo

Stall at last year’s Australian Teenage Expo

 

Find out more by visiting the Australian Teenage Expo 2013 website.

How to get to the Australian Teenage Expo.

 

 

 

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