Giving our youth a real voice
Young ‘‘Spearhead Leaders’’ are wanted in Upper Hutt.
The new youth programme, Spearhead Leaders, will develop the leadership skills and potential of the city’s young people.
The four-month programme, which starts on March 24, includes a two-day adventure ‘‘’boot camp’’, leadership mentoring and the opportunity to run a youth leadership forum during Youth Week.
The programme for people aged 12 to 24 is free but limited to 15 places and applications close on February 22.
A combined city council and Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust initiative, Spearhead Leaders emerged out of the Lifehack project, Oro – Upper Hutt, a youth wellbeing series that took place late last year.
‘‘That project highlighted that youth want a voice in their community,’’ city community services director Mike Ryan said.
‘‘Spearhead Leaders is designed to give young people supported, real-life opportunities to develop and practise their leadership skills and to enhance their voice in the community.’’
Funding has come from the Ministry of Youth Development and the city council, which will also facilitate the programme.
The council hoped to hear an emerging and engaged youth advocacy voice grow out of a programme which, in part, had been co-designed by young people for young people, Ryan said.
Youth Week in June will allow the Spearhead Leaders to apply what they have learnt through designing and running a leadership event for more than 200 people.
The Spearhead Leaders will also be involved in the city’s annual Young Achiever’s Awards.
‘‘The programme is a very exciting opportunity for our rangatahi to make decisions, take risks and grow as leaders,’’ Community Youth Trust youth mentor Cat Gooding said.
‘‘If you’re between 12 and 24 and you want to champion the youth voice in our city, then you should apply.’’
. For more information contact Mike Ryan on 527 2797.