youth urged to have their say
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki youth are being urged to have a say in issues affecting their local area by participating in an online survey organised by the Onehunga YMCA Raise Up youth crew.
Want to get involved in your community? Raise Up is a group of up to 20 young people who are passionate about doing good in their community and creating awesome ways for young people to come together and have some fun.
Thinking of joining the crew? Apply online
When: Tuesday 4-6pm
Where: The Y - Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre, Onehunga
This is where all young people from the community can utilise the courts to play basketball, volleyball or just hangout. And it's completely free!
When: Monday 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Where: Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre, 5 Pearce Street, Onehunga
My name is Laura, and I am the Onehunga Coordinator! I have moved to Aotearoa in September of this year and am currently living in North Shore. I’ve grown up in Toronto, Canada and made my way to this beautiful country with a vision to learn about the conservation and history of the land and how to best support the young people who live on it. I enjoy anything in nature and am passionate about conservation and sustainability initiatives.
I have a Degree in Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Guelph, a Research and Analysis Certification and a General Arts Diploma from Humber College. Previously, I’ve had the honour of working as a Coach for families with the Strongest Families Institute and as a Caseworker for Big Brothers Big Sisters. I believe one of the main ways to support our youth today is to first start at home and provide them with the resources and relationships that they need to thrive.
At Raise Up, we learn how to create and run events in the community, develop leadership skills and expand opportunities for youth who engage in the program. As a Raise Up Coordinator, my vision is to push youth to attain their goals and expand their networks by making sure they are in places that will benefit their development, whether that is mental or physical health related, spiritual, educational or career focused.
Raise Up is an awesome opportunity to gain life-long friendships, be active in the community while gaining experience for your CV!
"“The best thing Raise Up did for me was turn me from a follower into a leader. At meetings and events, if there are issues that need to be solved I jump in and fix them rather than stand back and let other people do it.” "