Groups de­velop plan of ac­tion af­ter sur­vey of dis­trict’s youth

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

A Youth Ac­tion Plan is be­ing de­vel­oped to counter the ‘‘ noth­ing to do/ nowhere to go’’ sce­nario which young peo­ple say per­vades the dis­trict.

Re­sults of a sur­vey of 276 young peo­ple aged be­tween 12 and 24 con­ducted by the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment, Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil, Starfish, Te Ahuri a Ran­gatahi and the Youth Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vice were pre­sented at last week’s coun­cil cor­po­rate and op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee meet­ing.

It re­vealed the three most im­por­tant things for young peo­ple in the dis­trict were fam­ily, ed­u­ca­tion and friends.

The three main sources of worry were good grades at school, fam­ily and money.

Re­spon­dents wanted a fo­cus on cre­at­ing more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple, along with pos­i­tive role mod­els and school sup­port through ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Drugs and al­co­hol, bul­ly­ing/ peer pres­sure and noth­ing to do were the big­gest is­sues fac­ing young peo­ple in the dis­trict.

Only 41 per cent knew of an or­gan­i­sa­tion or per­son they could con­tact for help with their is­sues and con­cerns.

‘‘ Most de­sired ac­tiv­i­ties’’ in­cluded sport, mu­sic and per­form­ing arts, and com­mu­nity events or fairs.

The re­port said young peo­ple wanted a place where they could ‘‘ hang out’’, plus or­gan­ised ac­tiv­i­ties, youth groups and events.

The sur­vey re­vealed that most young peo­ple were ‘‘ rel­a­tively con­tent’’ with their com­mu­nity.

If they were mayor, re­spon­dents would im­prove or cre­ate youth fa­cil­i­ties and events, im­prove re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and make the com­mu­nity safer.

‘‘ Bore­dom and hav­ing noth­ing to do is a chal­lenge for young peo­ple,’’ said the sur­vey.

Blair Gil­bert, re­gional team leader for the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment, said the next step was to or­gan­ise a stake­holder meet­ing in­clud­ing schools and the po­lice to con­trib­ute to the ac­tion plan. This should be un­der­taken in the next two months, said Mr Gil­bert.

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