Waitaki Youth Forum proves a tremendous success

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A Waitaki Youth Forum took place in Oamaru on Monday as part of the Bridging the Gap forum.

The forum involved pupils from East Otago High School, Waitaki Boys’ High School, Waitaki Girls’ High School and St Kevin’s College as well as representatives from other youth groups around the district.

It resulted in the groups sharing their ideas on how to make the Waitaki a better place for youths, while also highlighting the positives of living in the area.

Each group had about six youths in it and a youth leader, and from here they worked together writing down all they could about the Waitaki area and how good or bad it is for youths.

Youth Forum organiser Pam O’Connell, who came down to attend the forum from Wellington, said it was pleasing to see a good turnout.

“I’m happy with how it went and the amount of people that went along. I feel the afternoon was very successful, they had some fantastic ideas the youths.”

Youths in their groups were then asked to read out what they felt were good things for the Waitaki and what needed to be addressed.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

TOP IDEAS: Susilia Kaupapa, Grace Middlemass, Nikita Wilson, Leone Latavao, Kate Holland (group facilitator), Ashley Mathers and Maddicyn Ross go over some ideas at the Youth Forum at the Brydone Hotel on Monday.