UnBoxed an­swers tough ques­tions for youths

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Two stu­dents have come up with an ini­tia­tive to help young Auck­lan­ders an­swer one of the most daunt­ing ques­tions about their fu­ture.

Ran­gi­toto Col­lege stu­dent Sayurie Naicker, 15, and Al­bany Se­nior High School stu­dent Mikayla Scott, 17, are co-founders of UnBoxed, an or­gan­i­sa­tion aimed at pre­sent­ing young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties which will help shape their fu­ture.

UnBoxed uses pro­fes­sion­als in var­i­ous in­dus­tries to of­fer ad­vice and mo­ti­va­tion to young Auck­land high school stu­dents from years 9 to 13.

‘‘One of the hard­est ques­tions for young peo­ple in high schools right now is the ques­tion about what they want to do af­ter school,’’ Naicker said.

‘‘And we want to help them an­swer that by link­ing our mem­bers with uni­ver­si­ties, work­places and peo­ple of in­ter­est as well as new ca­reers and their re­quire­ments.’’

Scott said fig­ur­ing out one’s fu­ture af­ter high school is chal- leng­ing with­out re­sources and peo­ple.

‘‘As a high school stu­dent my­self, I un­der­stand how hard that is. Not ev­ery­one has the right con­nec­tions to set them up with a great in­tern­ship, stud­ies or job.’’

The con­cept for UnBoxed came about mid­way through last year as the girls brain­stormed over cups of hot choco­late. the right

TORIKA TOKALAU/FAIR­FAX NZ

Sayurie Naicker and Mikayla Scott founded UnBoxed to help young peo­ple with their fu­tures.

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