Our Youth Squads in Upper Hutt, Christchurch and Oamaru had their Youth Squad initiation camp over the summer holidays.
These camps are great for welcoming new members to our Youthtown Squad and developing our youth squad’s skills and purpose for their role in the Youthtown family and their community.
In Upper Hutt the youth squad participated in team building exercises, leadership workshops, brainstorm sessions for social change in their community and many more fun activities. Sam Twomey our Upper Hutt Youth Coordinator said one of his highlights of the weekend was watching the youth squad members support each other throughout the whole weekend as they met and bonded with new people.
Christchurch and Oamaru joined our south island squads together and had a combined youth squad camp in Hamner.
A few of our Youthtown Youth Squad members have been selected as leaders within their schools as well.
We are extremely proud to announce in Taupo the following students from our youth squads have achieved school leadership positions. Rhieve Gray who has been in our squad for two years has been selected as Head Boy for Tauhara College, he was also the all round supreme winner at the Taupo Youth Awards in 2014. Theo Calkin who has also been involved with Youthtown for two years is the Deputy Head Boy at Tauhara College and Gabriel Wharehinga, who has been in our squad for three years, is Head Boy at Taupo Nui a Tia College this year.
In Oamaru Jacquie Fodie, who is in her fourth year with our Youthtown Youth Squad, has been voted by all her peers to be the student representative on the Board of Trustees at Waitaki College.
In Upper Hutt we also have students from our youth squads who have been selected as head girl, head of house leader and sports captains.
We are so proud of our students' efforts and honoured to be able to play a role in developing their leadership skills. One of our key values is generosity and we are stoked to see our youth squad leaders using their leadership skills to better their schools for the youth in their communities.
Photo highlights of our youth squad camps can be viewed HERE