Youth Services kamahi took their office out into the community last week when they staffed a stand at a careers and job expo in Hawera. Pictured are Anne Russell (youth Worker), Jacki McMillan (Youth Worker) and Sam Mahy (Social Worker).
The team took part in Connect15, the inaugural South and Central Taranaki Employment and Careers Event, held at the TSB Hub on May 22 - 23.
Feedback was positive in lots of different ways, says team leader Simone Betsy.
For example the team signed up about 60 16-17 year olds by running a competition to win a prize pack, which included a smart phone and Youth Service branded items.
Those who stopped by the stand ranged in age and many took away information, she says.
“We also spent a lot of time networking, as some providers didn’t know we existed, neither did much of the community. We spent a lot of time explaining what we do and where each office is based.”
The stand was well placed, as everyone had to walk past it to get around the arena, says Simone. “It was very colourful, we had lots of promotional items to give away and the staff were friendly and helpful. The younger kids enjoyed the lolly jar competition.”
Youth Services plans to be there again next year as there was an excellent turn out from the South and Central Taranaki youth, whanau, employers and other provivders.
Now attention will turn to the Taranaki Careers Expo in New Plymouth on 16and 17August at TSB Stadium.
At that event the team plans to show a new DVD about its NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) services for young people. Filming for the DVD Is currently taking place.
Those not in the photos who also attended the expo were Terri Pates and Simone.
*The CONNECT15 event was led by the South Taranaki District Council in partnership with the Stratford District Council and with the support of AgriPeople, Feats, Parininihi ki Waitotara (PKW), Taranaki Futures, Taratahi and Ki Uta Whanau Careers.