Local chair of Youth Voice Canterbury

by Mike Isle

A former student of Darfield High has been elected chairperson of Youth Voice Canterbury.

Nineteen-year-old Emily de Rooy is the former chairperson of the Selwyn Youth Council, and sees her new position as the opportunity to extend her youth work throughout Canterbury.

“Youth Voice Canterbury is network of young people aged from 12 to 24 that gives young people the opportunity to network and connect,” she said.

“I have always looked up to Youth Voice Canterbury and my goal was to share in the work they were doing in the community.

“Of the many good aspects of Youth Voice’s work that it doesn’t help just young people; one of its aims is to help other organisations working with youth — to promote youth awareness, from a young person’s perspective.”

Emily, who is also a second year university student studying for a bachelor of commerce, said she had a busy year ahead of her. However, her immediate priority is helping organise South Island Youth Connect 2018, a series of workshops, training and discussions bringing together youth groups from throughout the South Island.

South Island Youth Connect 2018 will be held in April in Kaiapoi.

“It is a tremendous event, now into its third year, and growing all the time,” she said.

For further details about South Island Youth Connect 2018, and Youth Voice Canterbury visit the organisation’s website youthvoicecanterbury.org.nz or contact Emily direct on emily@youthvoicecanterbury.org.nz.