Lis­ten­ing to Up­per Har­bour youth

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

Up­per Har­bour teens are en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to come to­gether to raise their voices in sup­port of youth.

Hear­ing Ev­ery­day Youth (HEY), also known as the Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board Youth Cau­cus, are hold­ing a slam po­etry event this Sun­day in cel­e­bra­tion of Youth Week 2017.

Year 13 Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board Youth Cau­cus chair­per­son Amy Irvine said the fo­rum was an op­por­tu­nity for youth to have a go at spo­ken word po­etry and speak their mind.

‘‘It’s meant to be a re­ally nice at­mos­phere for youth to come in, let their voices be heard in the theme of Youth Week and then also get kind of a con­nec­tion in the com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

Youth can sign up in ad­vance to speak, and there will be an open mic fo­rum on the day.

The youth cau­cus has around 12 mem­bers and meets at Youth­line in Al­bany once a fort­night. For the sec­ond half of the year, the group are plan­ning a youth mar­ket and pho­tog­ra­phy competition.

HEY also pre­sented the find­ings of a youth en­gage­ment sur­vey to the Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board in May.

AMY BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board Youth Cau­cus chair­per­son Amy Irvine and deputy Ana­mi­tra Nair.

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