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Motueka Youth Summit

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The Youth Summit will take place on Monday May 25th from 7.00pm to 9.30pm at the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park conference centre, Fearon Street.

We all know that our youth are our future, but how can we translate that into making sure that our youth are here for our future?

Like most provincial towns, we struggle with the issue of keeping our young people within our community after they leave school. But do we, as adults, listen to what young people really want, how they really feel about Motueka, what would make them want to stay or why they want to go?

  • How to get more of them into meaningful jobs.
  • How to encourage and facilitate them to engage more fully with the wider community.
  • How to get our older people to engage with, listen to and encourage our young people.

These are the kinds of issues that we hope to tackle at the Motueka 2030 Youth Summit. The event is open to all people in our community, but particularly

  • Teenagers in their later years at school or recently left school,
  • Adults who are would like to be involved in activities and initiatives to help youth,
  • Parents.

The Youth Summit will be convened by Brent Maru, of Sport Tasman, and revolve around a panel of three older teenagers and three adults involved in youth work. The youth leaders are Stephen Evans, Paul Johnson ("Taxi") and Carl Chapman; the young people are Jonty Comins, Kora Appleton and Nathan Peacock (the latter two to be confirmed). They will each give their perspective of the issues facing our young people - and raised through audience participation - and their ideas for initiatives that would help address those issues.

The evening will end with a light FREE supper.

The capacity of the venue is 80 people, so make sure you get there early.

For more information, email, or phone (03) 528 4046.

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