Topic: Youth

Youth symposium encourages forward thinking

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

More than a 100 Hawke's Bay youth came together under one roof to talk about their dreams and aspirations.

Student participant Phoenix Baker says, "I'm taking away aspirations that I didn't think I did have, I want to be able to be someone that my peers can look up to and know my pathway and know where I'm going."

It's a forum that examines all aspects of support, goal setting and overcoming adversities for youth.

"If our youth are going through problems in the various different contexts of their lives, that it's OK to ask questions and ask for help and support," says Dr James Graham.

Sir Mason Durie has lended his support as well to the younger generation offering the valuable advice and motivation on how to achieve.

"The main point really of this syposium is to enCourange rangatahi to think positively about their own futures and their own goals, that they will reach the top of whatever it is they want to do," says Durie.

It's about growing their skill base through education, allowing them to have more options in the future.