Pro­gramme set to nur­ture lead­ers

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LUKE KIRKEBY Blue Light is set to trial a new youth lead­er­ship pro­gramme in three North Is­land dis­tricts.

The regis­tered char­ity, which is run na­tion­wide in part­ner­ship with po­lice to de­liver a range of youth pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties, is set to trial its lat­est ini­tia­tive, the Blue Light Po­lice Youth Vol­un­teers pro­gramme, in Taupo¯, South Waikato, and Whanganui from term three.

Be­tween 10-15 Year 9 stu­dents in each of the dis­tricts will be se­lected to take part in the pro­gramme which is loosely based on the New Zealand Cadet Forces model.

Stu­dents will have the chance to take part in var­i­ous chal­lenges, lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties, vol­un­teer­ing at events, first aid, drill and cer­e­mo­nial train­ing amongst other com­po­nents.

South Waikato Blue Light co­or­di­na­tor Donna Camp­bell said the aim of the free pro­gramme, which has been suc­cess­fully run in Scot­land, was to cre­ate lead­ers out of youths.

‘‘There are some kids who are out­go­ing that have the po­ten­tial of be­ing lead­ers but they just need guid­ance and skills of how to do it in­stead of los­ing the plot when things are not go­ing the way they have got it en­vi­sioned in their heads,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s about work­ing with them and cre­at­ing ways for them to get it to what they want. It is just about pro­vid­ing gen­eral life skills for some kids.’’

Camp­bell said the first stu­dents in­volved would be­come lead­ers for next year’s in­take.

‘‘Each year we will in­take Year 9 stu­dents but keep the pre­vi­ous ones on so they stay in it for po­ten­tially three to four years,’’ she said.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jaks Sher­wood said each district will run its own pro­gramme which is open to all high schools.

‘‘We see there is a need for our young peo­ple to have some­thing to do be­cause not ev­ery­one is sporty,’’ she said.

‘‘We have only just put it into the schools but we don’t want to be flooded with names, just one or two would be re­ally good.’’

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