‘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.