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Miomo Leadersip Event – Key Speaker Jason Kerrison

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Miomo Leadersip Event – Key Speaker Jason Kerrison

Saturday 16th April will see a variety of speakers attend the Miomo Leadership Event at Massey University, Albany.

Special guests include Jason Kerrison, frontman for OPSHOP and organiser of Band Together Community concert for Canterbury Dec 2010.

Other speakers included, Alex Asher and Dino Roberston, two speakers who have powerful stories and insights to share.

Alex Asher cannot be contained by the conventional. Having gained a degree in business and law, Alex spent the next 4 years working in sales for Icebreaker in New Zealand and Germany.

But working for someone else was not to be his future. Alex's passion for the environment and his natural entrepreneurial spirit drove him to set a hairy, audacious goal.

On February 1st Alex Asher arrived in Wellington exhausted but elated after running 55 off-road marathons in 63 days.

He ran 2,300km from Cape Reinga down the entire east coast of the north island, including the Coromandel and East Cape, to the Cook Strait. He had only raced on one marathon before he decided to run and swim the equivalent of the length of NZ.

Now Alex is using his energy and passion for the environment to inspire his latest project, Real Wearth, a web-business designed to help New Zealanders buy food that's better for themselves and our environment.

Dino Robertson will be joining the speakers lineup, he’ll be giving attendees and insight into his past life and the road he is forging ahead.

For many years Dino lived a double life - as a restaurant owner by day and drug user and dealer by night. He was entrenched in a life of deceit, short-term fixes and greed.

In 2008 it all came crashing down as Dino recognised that his life needed to change or he would die either by his own hands or at the hands of someone else.

It has been two years since he has been involved in the drug world. Dino is now restored and is giving back to others who have travelled a similar path.

The stories, tips and advice that are likely to come from this Miomo Leadership Event will help our next generation on a path of self improvement.

As Yvonne Godfrey, creator of Miomo stated “We need to look after the next generation, equip them to take full responsibility for themselves and to live independently of family.

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We hear often about young New Zealanders falling off the rails, and the fact is that 43% of New Zealanders between 18 and 24 years are already in debt, and we unfortunately hold the record for the highest consumption of Methamphetamine per head of population in the world.

These are frightening facts we can’t ignore; with such a prevalence of high youth debt and drug and alcohol abuse, our young adults need help to create the life they really want.

Miomo (Making it on my own) is that help! The brain- child of Yvonne Godfrey, Miomo is a ten-day live-in flatting / university experience to equip young people aged 17 – 24 years for a successful adult life!

In setting up Miomo Yvonne said, “I noticed how lacking in confidence and clarity most young people were about entering the real world.

Friends asked me to mentor their 21-year-old daughter who was struggling in most areas of her life. After 10 weekly 1:1 sessions, this girl was able to transition from teenage thinking, speaking and acting to a much more adult approach to her life.

After a proactive appointment with her boss, she was granted a whopping 70% increase in her income working in the same role, at the same company. I knew there was a huge need and the concept of ‘making it on my own’ began to percolate.”

Miomo was launched in November 2009 and has now graduated over 100 students.

These young people came from a wide range of economic, social, cultural and experiential backgrounds but they all had one thing in common – they wanted a great start to their adulthood.

Students are coached by over twenty expert presenters on a wide range of subjects to prepare them for the adult world. Follow up is important with each student being assigned a personal mentor for 90 days. Other leadership and social events are put on for Miomo graduates throughout the year to further build on the base of the 10 – day programme.

Expected outcomes from the Miomo programme are:

• Clarify personal strengths and values

• Learn to set and achieve goals

• Excellent standard of CV and effective interview skills

• Communication skills to build healthy relationships

• Desire to contribute to others

• Understand and be confident with money

• Make well-informed decisions, solve problems

• Skills to live successfully away from family

For more information on Miomo visit

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