Ac­tion plan aims to in­spire youth

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

De­liv­er­ing value-based pro­grammes in schools is one of 22 ini­tia­tives fea­tured in the Toko­roa Youth Ac­tion Plan aimed at en­cour­ag­ing youth to as­pire and achieve good re­sults in the class­room, at home and in their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The Youth Tri­als had a suc­cess­ful launch on Septem­ber 30 and has a strong fo­cus on in­creas­ing young peo­ple’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing and em­ploy­ment.

Youth Ser­vices man­ager Jade Ho­haia said: ‘‘These young peo­ple show that they have an in­cred­i­ble lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity and our aim is to de­velop this po­ten­tial even fur­ther and build into the youth strong val­ues that are go­ing to stay with them through­out their school­ing years onto em­ploy­ment.’’

Miss Ho­haia said hav­ing a strong sense of be­long­ing, gen­eros­ity, in­de­pen­dence (tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and mak­ing healthy choices) and hav­ing hope for the fu­ture were some pow­er­ful val­ues that re­sounded with the stu­dents they worked with. The school-based pro­grammes are be­ing run in For­est View High School and Toko­roa High School. A com­mu­nity fo­rum will be held on De­cem­ber 12, 2 to 4pm at South Waikato Pa­cific Is­lands Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Inc’s hall to pro­vide an up­date on how the youth tri­als are track­ing.

YOUTH TRI­ALS: Jade Ho­haia (Youth Ser­vices man­ager) stand­ing with six of the Toko­roa High stu­dents se­lected for a new lead­er­ship pro­gramme aimed at in­spir­ing young peo­ple to achieve and stand up as lead­ers in their school, homes and com­mu­nity.

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