Youth crew gets award

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Mt Al­bert YMCA’s Raise Up crew are gear­ing up for an­other busy year af­ter re­ceiv­ing an award for their hard work in 2012.

The team of 25 young Mt Al­bert res­i­dents took out the youth prize at the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board’s first com­mu­nity awards last month in recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their out­stand­ing ser­vice to lo­cal youth.

Raise Up is a youth devel­op­ment pro­gramme run by com­mit­tees of young lo­cals in six loca- tions across Auck­land who iden­tify the needs of youth in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The Mt Al­bert pro­gramme en­gaged with more than 3000 young peo­ple through its events and ini­tia­tives last year.

The crew has been in­volved with or­gan­is­ing large-scale dance par­ties, the open­ing of the Al­bertE­den skate park and writ­ing, pro­duc­ing and record­ing mu­sic with emerg­ing lo­cal young tal­ent.

The crew has plans to launch even more work­shops and events for lo­cal youth this year.

Mt Al­bert YMCA youth pro­grammes man­ager Kev Carter says the award means so much to the team.

‘‘Th­ese amaz­ing young peo­ple take time out of their busy lives to en­sure the rest of the com­mu­nity have heaps of pos­i­tive things to do. It’s great that the lo­cal board has recog­nised the amaz­ing work of the Raise Up crew,’’ Mr Carter says.

Jump­ing for joy: The Mt Al­bert YMCA Raise Up crew’s work with lo­cal youth has been recog­nised by the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board at its first com­mu­nity awards. Pic­tured with the crew is the YMCA’s Day­lyn Con­ces­sio.

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