Volunteer heading to Scotland
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.