Dinners focal point for youth

Three Central Otago youth groups are combining for a new joint initiative designed to bring another dimension to youth activities in the region.
Leaders of the Alexandra Youth Base, Cromwell Youth Trust and Roxburgh Youth Centre introduced ‘‘Trilogy dinners’’ at the Alexandra centre last month. The initiative would hopefully be the first of several that featured a new, district-wide focus, Alexandra Youth Base team leader Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay said.
Cromwell and Alexandra youth members had so far attended two weekly dinners, and Roxburgh youth were due to join the dinners this week, Ms Stirling-Lindsay said.
The dinners were being held in Alexandra because that centre had a large, high-quality kitchen for cooking, but other joint events such as camps and games nights would be held in Cromwell and Roxburgh, she said.
The joint focus was introduced to further broaden the networks of young people and provide them with opportunities to get know youth from other centres.
‘‘Friendships widen and it brings people out of their comfort zone. A lot of these young people know each other already through things such as sport, but this will let them get to know even more people.’’
More young people were being encouraged to attend the dinners and all were welcome, Ms Stirling-Lindsay said. – The ‘‘Trilogy dinners’’ are being held every Thursday at the Alexandra Youth Base. Please RSVP on one of the centre’s facebook pages for catering purposes.

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