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Dunedin Youth Expo 14 and 15 May 2008

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Dunedin Youth Expo 14 and 15 May 2008

Edgar Centre Lion Foundation Arena

For the last six years, the Youth focussed organisations in the Dunedin community have organised a Youth Expo for around 1200 Year 10 students from the greater Dunedin area. This year, the seventh Dunedin Youth Expo will be taking place at the Edgar Centre on the 14th and 15th May. The expo will act as a warm up to ‘Youth Week’ that starts on the 26 May -1 June. Most Dunedin high schools will be present as well as schools from the Catlins, Palmerston and Milton.

The Steering Committee responsible for the event is comprised of individuals from organisations including Mirror Services, Public Health South, Dunedin City Council, Pete Hodgson’s Office, Dunedin Public Libraries, Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust, Youth Specialty Services, Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora and many more.

The aim of the expo is to promote resiliency and help-seeking behaviour in our young people through the communication of messages in a youth friendly forum. In an increasingly complex and challenging world, young people today are being confronted with issues that may put stress on their physical and mental health. The repercussions for young people can be serious, ranging from challenges in their relationships at school, at home and with their peers, as well as alcohol and other drug mis-use or other risk taking behaviour. The expo gives young people the opportunity to learn how to remain physically, mentally, spiritually and socially healthy and to make positive choices when confronted with challenges.

Around 26 stalls will be present at the event representing organisations in the area that offer important services to young people. Stalls include Sport Otago, DCC (Road Safety), Career Services, Inner City Ministers, Youthline, Family Planning and many more. The stalls will represent service provides across all aspects of health and wellbeing.

There will also be entertainment in the form of Kapa Haka groups, a Pacific Island band, a rock band and skits articulating key issues affecting young people. All entertainment is made up of young people from the Dunedin area. The expo is a unique opportunity for encouraging and showcasing local talents.


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