Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Youth Week 08­ the challenge to relate

Media release - for immediate release.

Youth Week 08 ­ the challenge to relate

In Youth Week 2008 youth advocates challenge the public to take the time to care for and support young people.

Youth Week 2008 spokesperson Sarah Helm said: "You probably had a couple of key adult figures in your life that really inspired, helped, and supported you. It is time to return the favour for today's youth."

"If we want young people to do well, it is up to us to get involved in their lives in a supportive way ­ as parents, caregivers, extended family, neighbours, community members, and professionals," she said.

"There are many amazing stories of young people revealing that relationships with adults enable them to reach their full potential."

Nineteen-year-old mother Karli Walker from Hutt Valley, Wellington said: "People who have changed me and my son's life are the staff and students at the Hutt Valley Teen Parent Unit. They offer teen parents the chance to regain their education with the support of knowing that the staff and students are right there helping and guiding you along."

Regan Murphy, 11, from Winton, Southland said: "My dad is important to me because he taught me so much, looked after me and also always tells me to keep trying. You probably haven't heard of my dad or even know him but I know him and he is my amazing, awesome, great role model."

Twenty-three-year-old Helen Fletcher who has a physical disability said an opportunity to work has provided her with a new sense of confidence. "I went for a job as a peer support worker at a new youth service that was opening up. During the interview process I chatted with the manager of the service, Simone Piatti [Š] I was surprised when I got the job and was worried I might lose it. I quickly found that working with Simone was wonderful. She looked at the things I did well in the job and helped and encouraged me with the things I found difficult," Helen said.

Youth Week runs from 26 May - 1 June 2008, and is coordinated by New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD).

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Kakī: World’s Rarest Wading Bird Released In Mackenzie Basin

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the birds will add to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier this month, significantly boosting the wild population. More>>

ALSO:

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland