Funds secured for youth projects

00:38, Oct 24 2012

Things are looking up for young people in Matamata-Piako.

More than $30,000 has been secured from the Ministry of Youth Development to invest in youth-friendly projects and drive new initiatives.

The funding is the result of almost two years' work by social service providers Youth Empowerment Services in Te Aroha, Te Ahurei A Rangatahi in Morrinsville and Starfish Social Services in Matamata, trying to provide a better-equipped district for younger generations.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development and the Matamata-Piako District Council, representatives from the service groups, dubbed the Matamata- Piako Youth Action Group, carried out a survey asking people in the district aged between 12 and 24 to highlight and identify the main issues affecting them.

A series of consultations was held afterwards and it was concluded that young people would like to have more community and district events or activities, more youth-friendly spaces with things for young people to do, easy access to information and support to obtain education, training and employment.

Matamata-Piako Youth Action Group, Youth Empowerment Services (YES) presented the findings to the Ministry of Youth Development and were grateful to receive the funding.

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) manager Leith Vickers said it gave them the ability to put some ideas into action.

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