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Teenagers Up For The Challenge One More Time

25 September 2008

Teenagers Up For The Challenge One More Time

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After 14 months of challenges, nine graduates from Foundation for Youth Development’s flagship programme, Project K, were put to the test one more time negotiating the startling heights of the Sky Tower and the Auckland harbor bridge.

The students, selected for their outstanding achievements, were this year’s Project K Student Excellence Awards recipients and were treated to an action packed day last Thursday before attending the awards ceremony at Government House Auckland in the evening.

Project K aims to maximise the potential of Year 10 students (4th form) through a 14 month programme that involves a Wilderness Adventure, Community Challenge and 12 months of mentoring. Participants are specifically selected for a sought after place on the programme based on their realised, yet untapped potential for excellence.

The awards, now in their eighth year were officiated by Foundation for Youth Development Patron, Her Excellency Mrs Susan Satyanand and were attend by over 140 guests including Lady June Hillary and Sir Paul and Lady Beverly Reeves.

Award recipient Steven Te’O from Project K Waitakere spoke about his time in the programme: “Where would I be if I never had Project K? To be honest I don’t know. I wouldn’t be the same person if I hadn’t done Project K that’s for sure. This has been a huge thing in my life and I wish to continue the skills I have learnt and use them at home, school, sport and everywhere. I am glad I took this stepping stone to become the best person I can be.”

For more information on the Foundation for Youth Development and its programmes: Project K, Stars and Kiwi Can. please visit www.fyd.org.nz.


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