Napier youth have a say

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

What do young peo­ple think would make Napier a bet­ter place for them to live?

That’s one of the ques­tions be­ing asked of 12 to 24 year olds and their par­ents over the next month dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion on the draft Napier Youth Strat­egy.

Napier’s YCON — Napier Youth Coun­cil — has worked with Napier City Coun­cil to pro­duce the draft.

There are six key ob­jec­tives — en­sur­ing young peo­ple are thriv­ing (healthy and safe), have op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate and take the lead (lead­er­ship), be en­gaged in and have op­tions for learn­ing (ed­u­ca­tion), are ready to work, know what they want to do and how to get there (em­ploy­ment), are in­volved (com­mu­nity), and have ac­cess to a range of ac­tiv­i­ties (fun). Napier City Coun­cil’s vi­sion is for Napier to be a vi­brant and sus­tain­able city for all says di­rec­tor com­mu­nity ser­vices, An­toinette Camp­bell.

“The whole point of the strat­egy is to recog­nise what young peo­ple need, and en­cour­age youth de­vel­op­ment through ser­vices, fa­cil­i­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties de­liv­ered by coun­cil.”

A sur­vey for any­one aged be­tween 12 and 24, or with chil­dren that age, is run­ning on the Say It Napier web­site, www.say­it­, un­til Oc­to­ber 24. The fi­nal strat­egy is due to be adopted by coun­cil in De­cem­ber.

YCON (Napier Youth Coun­cil) with Richie Hard­core, ad­vo­cate for so­cial change.

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