Joel a youth mentor
ROCKINGHAM musician Joel Takurua (17) was scouted by the Youth Involvement Council (YIC) to be a mentor for young people in Port Hedland.
The YIC is an organisation that aims to connect young people, and keep them active, aware and safe through specifically designed programs.
Joel, who attends SMYL Community College, was noticed on Facebook by YIC organisers and his family were invited to spend a week in Port Hedland.
Joel was paid $200 a day as a guest artist to mentor young people and also to judge the Hedland’s Got Talent competition.
“They paid for our family for a week,” Joel’s mother Michelle said.
“They even provided a car for us to drive while we were there.”
Joel writes his own music and plays covers.
He is a self-taught guitarist who enjoys ’70s music and the blues.
He plays regular gigs around Rockingham, such as at the Clippers Inn and Rusticos. www.communitypix.com.au d468154
Joel Takurua recently spent time in Port Hedland mentoring young people.