Youthtown Arrives in Hawkes Bay
It’s hard to miss the Youthtown car buzzing around the community lately!
In just three months, Youthtowns’ latest staff member, locally born and bred Jess Gates, has immersed herself in delivering sport, outdoor and leadership programmes in over 10 schools as well as co-leading the Youthtown Ohakune Snow Camp during the July school holidays and delivering part of local school camp activities.
Jess has a strong background in physical literacy with schools and has represented Hawkes Bay (as well as Massey University and Palmerston North) in both Volleyball and Football. She’s very excited about being back in the Hawkes Bay again and says ‘I’m especially passionate about the delivery of a new ‘girls active’ programme which has recently been added to the options for schools. It builds confidence and motivation to be active for life, for many that wouldn’t otherwise be’.
Youthtown is a not for profit organisation operating in key communities across New Zealand. They deliver Sport, Outdoor, Youth and OSCAR programmes that develop skills and knowledge to as many 5-18 year olds as they can. Their values, Mastery, Independence, Belonging and Generosity are incorporated into everything they do, giving young people confidence to make good decisions and build resilience.
If the Youthtown model of growth around the country is anything to go by, the Hawkes Bay will soon be opening up OSCAR after school and holiday programmes for ages 5-13 and these will have sport and outdoor options amongst the huge variety of activities the children have to choose from.
Is Youthtown at your school yet?
So far: Parkvale School, Takapau School, Riverslea School, Porritt School, Mahora School, Nelson Park School, Bridge Pa School, Hastings Christian School, Waimarama School and Camberley School.
Image: Youthtown Inc