Joel a youth men­tor

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

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.­mu­ni­ d468154

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Joel Taku­rua re­cently spent time in Port Hed­land men­tor­ing young peo­ple.

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