Youthtown delivers Prime Minister's Youth Programme

Youthtown delivers Prime Minister's Youth Programme

This year Youthtown has been selected as one of three youth organisations to deliver the Prime Ministers Youth Programme.

The programme is designed to be a celebration of young people from South and West Auckland who have overcome adversity in their life and are now achieving in education toward their individual goals.

The young people participating in the programme go through a 3 Stage application process to be selected for the programme consisting of nomination from a significant adult in their lives, an essay describing their lives and goals, and finally a panel of CYF, Police and Ministry of Youth Development representatives.

From this process, 100 young people are selected to participate - Youthtown provide a programme for 35 of the participants.

The Youthtown team, Brian Walsh and Terence Slade, designed an amazing programme which both celebrates the young people’s achievements and gives them development experiences.

The programme started with induction evenings which were held in December 2016 and then a celebration week from 23 – 27 January 2017.

During this week, activities started with Team Building and Shopping which the young men had a suit fitting thanks to Hallensteins, the young women had dress fitting thanks to Farmers and all participants chose shoes thanks to No1 Shoes.

On Tuesday, the participants spent the morning at Main Course to learn about food preparation and to cook and enjoy a 3 course meal. Following the cooking the participants went to Orakei Basin to complete the Youthtown Water Safety programme and had a chance to try Stand Up Paddle boarding, Kayaking and fun on a sea biscuit.

Wednesday, the young people learnt about sailing and went out on the water for some Americas Cup Match Racing with Explore. After that, they are headed off to Cut Above Academy to experience the Make Up Artistry and Fashion Design industry.

Thursday, the young people had a business lunch hosted on the 21st floor by AMP Financial. Over breakfast AMP (Led by Bob Frost, Head of Quality Advice Network) and Diane Maxwell (the Retirement Commissioner who leads the Commission for Financial Capability) ran workshops on Financial Literacy and career planning. Following the workshops the young people had lunch at Fortuna, and saw the views from the Sky Tower before going back to Cut Above Academy to get prepared for the evening - a formal Celebration Dinner hosted by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Youth at the Ellerslie Event Centre.

Friday all 100 participants got together for outdoor activities hosted by Youthtown at Motu Moana Scouts Camp.

The Celebration Week is amazing and has a huge benefit for these young people, providing experiences which let the young people see some of the pathways that are now open to them.

These young people stay connected to Youthtown for at least the next 3 months and we look forward to following their continued progress.

Click HERE to see what Youth Minister, Nikki Kaye has to say about the programme.