Ex­cel­lent boys awarded

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TARRANT

Young, in­spi­ra­tional lead­ers Jayleb Dean and Jer­reau Tonge have been recog­nised for their work.

The two young men re­ceived pres­ti­gious awards at the 2013 Foun­da­tion for Youth De­vel­op­ment (FYD) Ex­cel­lence Awards at Gov­ern­ment House in Auck­land.

Jayleb Dean, a Kiwi Can leader who works with stu­dents at Strath­more School, David Henry School, and Whaka­maru School, was awarded an Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion from a Kiwi Can Leader Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­gramme.

Jayleb was nom­i­nated for the award for go­ing above and be­yond to cre­ate pos­i­tive changes in any way he can.

‘‘This means a lot be­cause I am grate­ful to have such a fun and dif­fer­ent job. I love see­ing the en­joy­ment on the chil­dren’s faces as well as see­ing the ideas click in stu­dent’s minds,’’ Jayleb said.

17- year- old Jer­reau Tonge from Toko­roa High School walked away with a Stars Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion from a Peer Men­tor Award, hav­ing demon­strated ex­cep­tional progress through­out the Stars pro­gramme.

He was one of three peo­ple in the coun­try nom­i­nated for the Stars award.

FYD Stars Co-or­di­na­tor Tony Jones said Jer­reau has ‘‘role­mod­elled the men­tor po­si­tion bet­ter than ever imag­ined was pos­si­ble for some­one so young’’.

Jer­reau said he is stoked Tony made it pos­si­ble by putting his name for­ward for the award.

The FYD Ex­cel­lence Awards, spon­sored by DNZ Prop­erty Fund ac­knowl­edge the ac­com­plish­ments of out­stand­ing young peo­ple, many of whom have made mas­sive changes to both their out­look and their lives, FYD CEO Mar­ion Short said.

‘‘ Th­ese young lead­ers have been on a life-chang­ing and chal­leng­ing jour­ney, they have learnt so much, in­clud­ing new skills that will serve them well in the fu­ture.

‘‘We are so proud of them. Their progress and achieve­ments are ex­am­ples of the dif­fer­ence FYD’s pro­grammes can make to the lives of our young peo­ple.’’

The FYD Ex­cel­lence Awards were held at Gov­ern­ment House in Auck­land on Oc­to­ber 16 and were opened by New Zealand’s Gov­er­nor- Gen­eral Jerry Mateparae. Spe­cial guests in­cluded Min­is­ter for Courts, Hon Chester Bor­rows. Twenty awards were pre­sented

Pho­tos: SUP­PLIED

Jer­reau Tonge: He demon­strates ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship abil­ity in the Stars Peer Men­tor pro­gramme.

Jayleb Dean: He goes above and be­yond to cre­ate pos­i­tive changes in the lives of oth­ers.

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