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Success of our local charities depends on young people

A group of Nelson Tasman charities are collaborating to enable young people into leadership and governance roles in their communities. 

With funding from Nelson City Council the joint venture between Volunteer Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nelson Youth Events and Nelson Tasman Youth Workers Collective will host a training day and on-going mentoring and support for young people to represent the youth voice in their communities and on not for profit boards. 

Nicola Harvey who is Coordinating the training day said “With an ageing pool of volunteers it is essential we invest in young people’s development to continue the work of guiding our regions charities”.

“We want to make community leadership and governance roles achievable for young people. We are hearing from young people that they want to be involved in decision making in their communities so we are providing the training and links to organisations who are keen to have the youth voice” said Harvey.

The key speaker on the day will be Chloe Swarbrick Green Party Spokesperson for Mental Health, Drug Law Reform, Education, Arts and Heritage, Tertiary Education, Small Business, Broadcasting, Youth and Local Government. 

Harvey said “At 25 she is a very young politician to enter Parliament and a great role model for our regions young people in terms of following your passions and making a difference in the areas that matter to you.” 

The day which is being organised by a group of young people and adults will feature fun and interactive learning and a panel of young people who have experience in leadership and governance roles sharing their experiences and answering questions. Attendees will also be joined by some high profile Nelson Community Leaders/ Chairpersons in the afternoon who will be there to learn about involving young people in their work and meet young people interested in mentored board opportunities. 

Harvey states “ registrations for the day on Saturday 28th September at NMIT have been filling quickly and we have nearly reached maximum capacity so if young people are interested in attending they should visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nelson-young-change-makers-tickets-71471897369

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