‘Help par­ents... help ev­ery­body’


Spend­ing two nights alone in the bush gave Noa Woolloff plenty of time to think.

Aotea Col­lege’s head boy re­cently re­turned from a trip with Out­ward Bound and he en­joyed it so much he wants other teenage par­ents to ex­pe­ri­ence it.

‘‘You spend two nights alone in the for­est with two ap­ples, two car­rots and a pen and paper... I started to think how I can help other peo­ple like me.’’

Woolloff, 18, is fa­ther to baby Kyla and he’s on a mis­sion to change how peo­ple think of teenagers and teenage par­ents.

‘‘Age doesn’t de­ter­mine if you’re go­ing to be a good par­ent, be­ing a good par­ent de­fines if you’re a good par­ent.

‘‘So­ci­ety needs to in­vest in these peo­ple to help them reach their full po­ten­tial.’’

He has de­cided to cre­ate and print T-shirts with 100 per cent of the prof­its go­ing to­wards help­ing teenage par­ents at­tend lead­er­ship and ad­ven­ture-based cour­ses, like the Marl­bor­ough­based out­door chal­lenge course he en­joyed.

‘‘It’s pretty sim­ple, if you help peo­ple be bet­ter par­ents then you’re help­ing ev­ery­body.’’

Woolloff will be de­liv­er­ing a speech about in­vest­ing in teenage par­ents at Youth Par­lia­ment in July.

‘‘I’ve got lots of sup­port and that’s what teenage par­ents need if they are go­ing to suc­ceed.

‘‘I want to branch out my mes­sage that ad­ver­sity can bring you back­wards, but it can bring you

Noa Woolloff be­lieves so­ci­ety needs to in­vest in teenage par­ents.

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