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Howick Youth Summit 2019


Inspiring guest speakers and thought-provoking focus groups brought together a range of spirited students from10 high schools in the local area for the Howick Youth Council’s annual Howick Youth Summit for 2019.

The day-long event was held at the Te Tuhi Arts Centre in Pakuranga with eight of our College’s students attending: Andrea Jurgens, Sahil Singh, Adam Martis, Stephanie Neilson, Francesca Adams, Nathan Pereira, Felix Cheng and Minju Kim . The summit was organised and lead by the dedicated and passionate group at the Howick Youth Council; a youth run organisation working to represent, develop and connect youth from across the local Howick area.

Kick starting the day with some ice breaker games, the students conversed over a range of controversial topics, such as: does pineapple belong on pizza, or what you thought about the new Avengers Endgame. Then following on, each individual was assigned to one of the diverse selection of focus groups, such as culture, environment, equality, entrepreneurship, mental health and cyber safety. Within these groups, engaging discussions about particular areas of the subject, and talks given by a range of inspiring speakers emerged. This provided students with a unique experience to participate and express their personal views on certain topics amidst a stimulating environment, whilst being surrounded by other like-minded individuals.

By the end of the day the captivating areas of discussions and inspiring young leaders and speakers were a significant motivation to our students. It gave them a greater insight and understanding into the ways in which we can advocate for new ideas and pathways we may take regarding our lives and also those of the youth of today.

Francesca Adams