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Youth of Waimakariri.
Your district needs you!
The 2017 YES (Youth in Emergency Services) programme is fast
approaching and we are after 15 enthusiastic teenagers, aged between 16 and 19,
who are keen to gain an introduction into the world of the emergency services.
This year, the programme will run during the first week of
the spring school holidays.
The camp starts on October 2, running through until October 6.
It is being held at Glentui Lodge.
Registrations are open until August 15, with application
forms available online now at http://hurunuiyouth.co.nz/yes-camp-2017/
The exercise is a joint venture between the Waimakariri,
Selwyn and Hurunui Districts.
There are openings for 15 teenagers from each district to
participate in the five-day educational camp.
The programme is designed to provide participants with an
introduction to emergency services across the participating organisations.
The emergency services involved
in the programme are:
Each of the days are filled with fun activities that are directed
towards action rather than theory, but also include a selection of guest
speakers from the community during the post-dinner sessions.
At the conclusion of the week, the teenagers are then given
three months practical experience volunteering at a service of their choice,
before a graduation ceremony concludes the programme following the volunteer
The graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 was held in
April, with the graduates gathering at Kaiapoi High School’s Cultural Centre,
Te Kōhiko, to celebrate their involvement and receive formal recognition from
the Mayors of their respective districts.
The feedback from last year’s participants was positive,
with some describing it as “life changing”, as the experience provided both new
skills and new friends.
Rochelle Faimalo of Hurunui said the benefits of the camp
experience, and the education the participants had gained within it, was
highlighted after last year’s earthquakes, which impacted significantly on her
Faimalo said she took a number of calls from fellow YES camp
attendees following the quakes asking what they could do to help.