Graduates Acknowledged for Saying YES!

The graduates of last year’s Youth In Emergency Services programme came together last weekend when they were formally recognised by the Mayors of the Waimakariri, Hurunui and Selwyn Districts.

GraduatesAcknowledgedForSayingYes_560x321The group gathered at Kaiapoi High Schools Cultural Centre, Te Kōhiko, to celebrate their involvement at the YES camp.

Youth from across the three Districts were involved in last year’s programme, participating in the five-day educational camp, which is designed to provide a general introduction to emergency service operations across the eight participating organisations.

The emergency services involved in the programme were:

  • NZ Fire Service
  • Rural Fire
  • St John Ambulance
  • Land Search & Rescue
  • Civil Defence Rescue
  • Red Cross
  • NZ Police
  • Coastguard

At the conclusion of the week, the teenagers were given three months practical experience volunteering at a service of their choice.

“YES Camp hit me in the face and changed my life,” one of the graduates said.

It had allowed him to gain new skills while also making a number of 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 District.

Faimalo said she took a number of calls from fellow YES camp attendees following the quakes asking what they could do to help.

The participants’ achievement in graduating from the programme, following their three months of volunteer work with emergency services, was acknowledged at last Sunday’s ceremony.

They were presented with certificates by their District Mayors: David Ayres, Sam Broughton (Selwyn) and Winton Daly (Hurunui) to the young people from their district.

Contact: Matt McIlraith

Phone: 0800 965 468