Empowering youth at Red Cross camp

Wednesday July 15, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Tereora college students Danniel Daniel and Maire Wilson participate in the International Red Cross Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change camp. 20071407. Tereora college students Danniel Daniel and Maire Wilson participate in the International Red Cross Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change camp. 20071407.

Fifteen-year-old Maire Wilson believes that the generation of youth today have social barriers because they don’t get out much.

“Too much time is spent on phones and then kids become anti-social,” she said.

This behaviour has prevented kids from getting out there and experiencing the environment and other activities.

Wilson is one of the 21 Tereora College students, between the ages of 14 and 17, who have committed to the International Red Cross Youth as Agents of Behavioural Change camp.

She wanted to try something new and experience a camp with peers who are going through the same behavioural changes in life.

Although the teenagers attend the same school, this is the first time they have all interacted with each other, Wilson said.

Yesterday was the third day of the retreat.

“I feel great, I’m experiencing learning about new topics and getting to know the other youth and I hope we do maintain our friendships,” she said.

Danniel Daniel is keen to learn more about communication with both adults and kids.

He says some of the modules presented were difficult to understand at first.

“But it has filtered through,” he said

Daniel is also pleased at making new friendships.

“We never really bonded before, but now we are actually friends which is a good thing and we are getting to know each other.”

Cook Islands Red Cross volunteer Danny Vakapora who facilitates the programme said the training is one of the flagships that are conducted for young people.

“It looks at building ethical leaders, promoting a culture of non-violence and peace, while equipping them with interpersonal and life skills to embody.

“This training empowers youth to take up an ethical leadership role in inspiring a positive transformation of mindsets, attitudes and behaviours within themselves and their community,” Vakapora said.

“It is built on three pillars - youth empowerment, operating from inner peace, and reaching out to the community.”

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