Hay­ley’s dream to up­skill teens

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Pos­i­tiv­i­toys, the brain­child of Stawell teenager Hay­ley Lit­tle, are slowly chang­ing the lives of young peo­ple.

Hay­ley is sell­ing the 12 cen­time­tre, ‘soft fab­ric cubes with a cute face and pos­i­tive mes­sage’, to help train peo­ple in cour­ses in­clud­ing hos­pi­tal­ity and re­spon­si­ble serv­ing of al­co­hol.

She has man­u­fac­tured and sold enough toys to reach her first goal of fund­ing a course for a young per­son.

“I be­lieve that some­times young peo­ple just need a chance to show what they can do, Hay­ley said.

“If by fund­ing a course that gets a young per­son a job, then I have made a life­long dif­fer­ence to some­one.

“I chose a hos­pi­tal­ity-type course as we live in a tourism area and there are times when hos­pi­tal­ity skills are in high de­mand.

“It is a win for the young per­son and the em­ployer.”

In 2017, Hay­ley suc­cess­fully com­pleted a Western Bull­dogs lead­er­ship pro­gram.

This year she has been selected by the Bull­dogs to cre­ate a so­cial en­ter­prise us­ing the skills she learnt.

“The Western Bull­dogs have pro­vided some seed fund­ing to get me started,” she said.

“My mum Karen is also an in­dus­trial sewing ma­chin­ist for Clever­stitch in Dim­boola, so I was able to get some brand new ma­te­rial do­nated, the man­u­fac­tur­ing done lo­cally, and it has all taken off from there.”

The Pos­i­tiv­i­toys are made in the de­sign and colour com­bi­na­tion the pur­chaser chooses.

The ran­dom part is the pos­i­tive mes­sage that comes with each toy.

“I re­ally love choos­ing the mes­sage, and I have heard that peo­ple say the mes­sages re­ally mean some­thing to them,” Hay­ley said.

Plan­ning is un­der­way for peo­ple to start cour­ses in July.

Hay­ley has asked Mau­rice Billi from Grampians Com­mu­nity Health, and Stawell Neigh­bour­hood House to iden­tify young peo­ple who could ben­e­fit from Pos­i­tiv­i­toys fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to en­rol in a course, de­liv­ered at neigh­bour­hood houses.

Pos­i­tiv­i­toys are sold for $6, with 100 per­cent of the profit and do­na­tions go­ing towards fund­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity cour­ses.

Hay­ley hopes there is enough money earned from Pos­i­tiv­i­toys to fund cour­ses for young peo­ple through­out the year.

Pos­i­tiv­i­toys are avail­able on­line via a ‘Pos­i­tiv­i­toy’ Face­book page, through or­der forms at Stawell Neigh­bour­hood House, or by email­ing pos­i­tiv­i­toys@gmail.com.

YOUNG EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR: Lit­tle with her ‘Pos­i­tiv­i­toys’. Hay­ley

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