Life to the Max re­vi­talises Youth Space

Part­ner­ship with coun­cil to pro­vide more pro­grammes for Levin’s young peo­ple

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Horowhenua District Coun­cil and lo­cal youth ser­vices provider Life to the Max has be­gun a part­ner­ship to en­hance Youth Space at Te Tak­ere­tanga o Ku­ra­hau-po¯ .

Life to the Max be­gins a oneyear con­tract to de­velop and de­liver youth pro­gram­ming at the Youth Space.

Un­der the con­tract, Life to the Max will run the Youth Space seven days a week with youth de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing youth-led projects, school hol­i­day pro­grammes and events.

Life to the Max Gen­eral Man­ager Deb­bie Baker said the ser­vice would work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with young peo­ple to cre­ate a di­verse, vi­brant pro­gramme.

“This is about de­vel­op­ing a pro­gramme with young peo­ple, for young peo­ple. We plan to run fo­cus groups with lo­cal youth, con­sult with col­leges, and es­tab­lish a board of young peo­ple to help guide the strate­gic direc­tion of Youth Space and shape our pro­grammes and ser­vices,” she said.

“We aim to en­gage a wide range of young peo­ple re­flect­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures, back­grounds, in­ter­ests and abil­i­ties.”

Hav­ing a di­verse pro­gramme would ex­pose young peo­ple to new op­por­tu­ni­ties, Ms Baker said.

“Young peo­ple need to see and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent things to find their own pas­sions and as­pi­ra­tions. We want to of­fer them a pro­gramme that in­cludes ac­tiv­i­ties they wouldn’t nor­mally ex­pe­ri­ence, such as stone carv­ing, au­dio en­gi­neer­ing, dif­fer­ent arts, mu­sic … all sorts.

“Youth Space has fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing record­ing stu­dios and a radio sta­tion, and we’re keen to make the most of the value they can of­fer for our lo­cal youth.” She said work­ing in the Youth Space was a nat­u­ral fit for Life to the Max.

“We are a youth ser­vice — we en­gage with young peo­ple ev­ery day and we can of­fer link­ages with other wrap-around ser­vices we run to sup­port young peo­ple, such as coach­ing, men­tor­ship and so­cial work.”

Horowhenua District Coun­cil Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor So­phie Par­rant said the part­ner­ship meant Youth Space would have greater re­sources to pro­vide higher lev­els of ser­vice.

“Coun­cil is de­lighted to have a ded­i­cated youth ser­vice look­ing af­ter the Youth Space. Life to the Max can de­liver con­sis­tency and have the ca­pac­ity to staff the Youth Space in the af­ter­noons, week­ends and school hol­i­days’ she said.

Pre­vi­ously, the Youth Space was co­or­di­nated by a Coun­cil Youth De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor, who re­signed ear­lier this year.

“Although hav­ing a Coun­cil co­or­di­na­tor worked well most of the time, re­sources were some­times stretched, with other Coun­cil teams hav­ing to pro­vide sup­port with­out nec­es­sar­ily ‘own­ing’ the Youth Space pro­gramme. When the co­or­di­na­tor re­signed it pre­sented an op­por­tu­nity to look at how we could do things bet­ter,” Ms Par­rant said.

“Now we have a whole ser­vice ded­i­cated to mak­ing the Youth Space work and tak­ing own­er­ship of its pro­grammes.”

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A mihi whakatau was held on Mon­day 27 Au­gust to wel­come Life to the Max Youth Space Co­or­di­na­tor Ashleigh Smilovi­tis.

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