National Youth Week is a special time of the year for Canberrans to celebrate their youth.
And what better way to do that than sliming someone in a position of authority?
Dozens of people of all ages headed into Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation to celebrate the joy of youth.
Kids got the chance to 'slime' some of the unfortunate workers, to participate in a dance competition and listen to live bands and DJs.
Executive director Kim Davison said open events like this were key to including the entire community in the celebration of National Youth Week.
"It brings the community together to really celebrate our youth and our organisation. We don't do that enough; we don't celebrate the great things that are happening," she said.
"It's a rewarding program. We're encouraging school attendance, we've got healthy families and healthy lifestyles and this is what you can do if you put your mind to it as well."
Ms Davison said some of the most pressing issues facing people coming through the Erindale centre were homelessness, drugs and alcohol, young people in foster care and affordable housing.
"We have drug and alcohol workers, family support workers and NDIS provisions as well. We all help each other out to really get that positive outcome for the families that we work with."
Stalls offering youth-orientated services were set up, such as Headspace, Street Uni and Legal Aid.
The AFP and fire, police and ambulance services were also on site.
Emma Robertson, director of the Youth Coalition of the ACT, highlighted the necessity for these events and the role they play integrating young people into the community.
"We talk a lot about youth participation, and youth week is a celebration of what young people offer in the community now," she said.
"It's not just that they're people we are preparing for the future, but they're an active part of our families and the communities now," said Ms Robertson.
Unlike last year, which had the theme 'It starts with us', this year there was none.
"We normally work with our theme, which is respect," said Josh Matavesi, Gugan's Reconnect Family Liaison Officer.
"We work with healthy lifestyles, healthy choices, things like that. And that was what today was about; have a good time and enjoy yourself in a safe environment."
This event was one of the many held in honour of National Youth Week, a joint venture between the Federal, State and Local governments designed to recognise the contribution of young people.
National Youth Week will continue until Friday.