Teen wins top Blue Light award

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By LYNNE GRA­HAM Blue Light Pro­gramme Sup­port

Lo­cal Pahiatua teenager Aimee Atkin, 14, has won the ul­ti­mate prize of Over­all Ex­cel­lence Award (Top Stu­dent) at the re­cent Blue Light Lead­er­ship Course held at Wairakei, Taupo, on De­cem­ber 3-7, 2018.

She beat a strong group of young peo­ple from the North Is­land to take the prize on the week long res­i­den­tial course.

Blue Light Camp co-or­di­na­tor Ben Pol­lard com­mented that “Aimee was pre­sented the award of Over­all Top Stu­dent as camp staff felt that she had showed ma­tu­rity, in­tu­ition, ex­celled as a team mem­ber, dis­played pos­i­tive qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship and was re­spect­ful to­wards staff and fel­low course mem­bers. Most of all Aimee re­ally ex­em­pli­fied the qual­i­ties and at­ti­tudes the course aims to in­stil.”

The pro­gramme is run by New Zealand Blue Light in part­ner­ship with the NZ Po­lice and NZ De­fence Force. It pro­vides 14 to 17-year-olds with a res­i­den­tial based course de­liv­er­ing qual­ity life-skills and fo­cus­ing on lead­er­ship skills and train­ing. The pro­gramme spe­cialises in build­ing sel­f­re­spect, re­spect for oth­ers, and work­ing within bound­aries, self­care, team­work and prob­lem solv­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Blue Light Life Skills Camps visit www.blue­light.co.nz or call (09) 475-9301.

Blue Light has a strong vi­sion of em­pow­er­ing youth. All Blue Light pro­grammes and ac­tiv­i­ties are de­signed to; re­duce the in­ci­dence of young peo­ple be­ing an of­fender or vic­tim of crime and to en­cour­age bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween young peo­ple, their par­ents, the po­lice and com­mu­ni­ties we live in.

Blue Light is grate­ful for the sup­port of AA In­sur­ance, their cor­po­rate spon­sor, as well as the Lion Foun­da­tion.

New Zealand Blue Light is a reg­is­tered char­ity and com­mu­nity polic­ing youth pro­gram that for the past 30 years has run pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties for youth through­out New Zealand free from drugs, al­co­hol and vi­o­lence.

Blue Light aims to re­duce youth crime, build com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, build young peo­ple’s self-es­teem, en­hance com­mu­nity safety as well as build pos­i­tive youth and po­lice part­ner­ships.

Blue Light New Zealand is a na­tion­wide in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety which has a na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and op­er­ates 74 branches na­tion­wide.

Each branch is re­spon­si­ble for sourc­ing their own fund­ing to fa­cil­i­tate and pro­vide their own youth com­mu­nity pro­grammes.

Blue Light is sup­ported by po­lice of­fi­cers, who carry out Blue Light ac­tiv­i­ties over and above their nor­mal po­lice du­ties along with civil­ian vol­un­teers. Those in­volved with Blue Light are pas­sion­ate about youth and in par­tic­u­larly pro­vid­ing pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences for those who may other­wise not have an op­por­tu­nity.

Although Blue Light is sup­ported by po­lice, the two op­er­ate to­tally in­de­pen­dently and Blue Light does not re­ceive any fund­ing from po­lice.

See www.blue­light.co.nz or visit www.face­book.com/ nzblue­light.

Blue Light orig­i­nally be­gan in Aus­tralia as a com­mu­nity polic­ing ini­tia­tive and re­mains very strong in all of the Aus­tralian States.

It is now ac­tive in the Solomon Is­lands, East Ti­mor, Cook Is­lands, New Zealand and Scot­land.

Aimee Atkin, win­ner of Blue Light Over­all Ex­cel­lence Award.

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