Young mum speaks out about past
Kym Verstraten is speaking out in the hope that her story can change lives. The 23 year old has had a drug-related past but after seeking counselling and support from her family she is now a happy, clean solo mum with two children, Skye, nine months and Connor, 5.
Following her life-changing turnaround, Miss Verstraten appeared on a reality TV programme Generation – Why – A Voice for Youth, created by Central TV vision.
Otherwise known as Gen-Y, this four-episode programme discussed many issues young people face in today’s society.
The episodes included youth crime and violence in NZ; drugs, alcohol and challenging the Kiwi culture; truancy and too much career pressure for Gen Y? and ethical eating, animal rights and global warming.
Miss Verstraten appeared on the panel in the first episode, Youth Crime and Violence in NZ and shared her
Tele- story. ‘‘I found it very helpful. I liked the feedback that I got from other people about my story,’’ she said. ‘‘ Gen-Y is a powerful and socially worthwhile show and it is about understanding what is important to this generation.
‘‘I see that this show is like a vehicle to feel empowered to stand strong together and make the change to things that society wakes up to.’’
Carlie Jackson from Central TV was the founder, executive producer and presenter of Gen-Y and said the show had been a huge success.
‘‘I am seeing very quickly, this is becoming almost a portal for a political voice for youth. We have had massive support and now that it has gained such strong momentum I will be sourcing more funding for a second series,’’ she said.
‘‘I believe we have only just cracked the surface with issues that need to be discussed.’’
The next episodes can be viewed on Thursday, August 11 on SKY, channel 110 at 9.30pm and on TV Central at 8.05pm.
TV star: Kym Verstraten with her daughter Skye, shared her story on Generation – Why – A Voice for Youth, to help empower change.