Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Empowering Upper Hutt youth to be entrepreneurs

Media release


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Future Dragons: empowering Upper Hutt youth to be entrepreneurs

Upper Hutt City Council’s Community Services team is launching a new and improved Future Dragons programme for young people aged 15 – 24 years. It aims to identify youth entrepreneurial traits, and encourage their abilities, whilst teaching them the knowledge and skills required to establish a new venture.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 15 FEB 2012—Upper Hutt young people are being invited to participate in a new and improved Future Dragons programme run by the Community Services team at Upper Hutt City Council. The aim of the programme is to engage young people aged 15 – 24 in creative workshops, teaching them the basics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and business planning.

“We tried to run a similar programme in 2009 but it was too time intensive for the young people involved. We learnt that they are interested in the basics of entrepreneurship, creative brainstorming, and want to know how to get the ball rolling, but perhaps wrapped up in a shorter timeframe,” says Frances McEwen, Community Development Advisor at Upper Hutt City Council. “We know after reviewing results from the Inzone careers kiosk situated at the Upper Hutt Central Library, that the most popular sectors investigated were entrepreneurship and health, so it seems fitting to revamp and promote Future Dragons in 2012.”

The new model for Future Dragons will include workshops for groups of 8 – 10 young people. A form to register interest is available online at www.uhyouth.com and keen attendees can select what days and times would best suit them to attend. Having the workshops outside of school hours means anyone can attend, including those young people who may work or go to school outside of Upper Hutt. The programme has been designed specifically for youth, based around business development and marketing, but ultimately engaging youth in innovative thinking. It offers a unique opportunity, which will empower youth to develop their creative and entrepreneurial skills. The workshops are free and will involve subjects such as new product development, innovation, marketing, and feasibility.



Clever promotion for the programme has been developed by Upper Hutt young people themselves who are walking the talk. Oosh Multimedia, set up by 19 year-old Graeme Knowles, has developed a five minute promotional video encouraging young people to register for Future Dragons. The humorous video has been uploaded to www.uhyouth.com and is being promoted through the new Upper Hutt Youth Facebook page and through the local colleges. “These guys are super talented and have taken something they loved doing at school and created a business out of it. They were happy to do the video as they believe they would have benefitted from Future Dragons when they were at school. They are also keen to attend the workshops and learn more about marketing and growing their business” says Ms McEwen.

Future Dragons is a great place to start if you are a young person interested in starting your own business, finding out more about entrepreneurship or think that one day you would like to be your own boss. Visit www.uhyouth.com to find out more, watch the promotional video or register.

For more information on Future Dragons please contact Frances McEwen on (04) 527 2798 or email frances.mcewen@uhcc.govt.nz

About Upper Hutt City Council

Upper Hutt City Council is the steward and custodian of Upper Hutt City, providing governance, infrastructure, and community services and resources, and promoting opportunity in the city for business, recreation, lifestyle, and leisure. Upper Hutt City is located 30 km north-east of Wellington City (41°07'34" S, 175°04'06" E) and boasts 70% of the region’s parks and reserves, along with state-of-the-art entertainment and leisure facilities.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK
For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch
 

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>

ALSO:

"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>

ALSO:

'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>

ALSO:

From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels