Giv­ing our youth a real voice

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

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.

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