Vol­un­teer head­ing to Scot­land

Hamilton Metro News - - Front Page - Ged Cann

A young Hamil­to­nian’s vol­un­teer ef­forts have gained him a place among a del­e­ga­tion of 100 youth from all over the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth to at­tend a con­fer­ence in Scot­land this April.

Ja­son Sebes­tian has pre­vi­ously chaired the Youth Coun­cil in Hamil­ton, served on the Na­tional Ad­vi­sory Group to the Min­istry of Youth Devel­op­ment and been in­volved with the Red Cross all over the Waikato.

Ja­son said the 33Sixty Com­mon­wealth youth con­fer­ence in Glas­gow would fo­cus on the part­ner­ships be­tween the non profit, pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

“It’s about think­ing about im­prov­ing out­comes from com­mu­nity, which tra­di­tion­ally have been gov­ern­ments or the non- prof­its do­ing it by them­selves. It’s a hot topic at the mo­ment about how to get all the stake­hold­ers work­ing to­gether.”

There has been a tra­di­tion in the past that so­cial is­sues were left to so­cial ser­vices or NGOs to dead with, but Ja­son said but the con­fer­ence would fo­cus on tak­ing a more proac­tive ap­proach.

“I’m hop­ing for a re­ally good dis­cus­sion on the chal­lenges that stop ef­fec­tive part­ner­ships be­ing formed and things to look out for when ap­proach­ing part­ner­ships like that,” he said.

Be­fore the con­fer­ence Ja­son will be ap­proach­ing the busi­nesses, com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment sec­tors of Hamil­ton in or­der to bring their opin­ions to the ta­ble in Scot­land.

In the past Ja­son has been to South Korea and Syd­ney to at­tend in­ter­na­tional Red Cross con­fer­ences.

“One of them was fo­cused on mi­gra­tion as a re­sult of cli­mate change or eco­nomic prob­lems and how those coun­tries could bet­ter cope or be­more wel­com­ing,” he said.


JA­SON Sebes­tian at the Recognyz Youth Awards 2013.

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