Group creating better opportunities for youth

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Mincing no words is Get Sh*t Done, a Wanaka group that aims to help youth in the Upper Clutha develop projects that matter to them.

Three local women, Sarah Fox, Liz Breslin and Sarah Millwater began the group during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period.

Ms Breslin said the three had all worked on youth and community projects in the past and decided to ‘‘work smarter’’ by combining into one group.

All three were mothers to teenage children so they wanted to make a difference for other young people, she said.

Mrs Millwater said the power of the collective enabled them to find hidden harmonies between the three of them.

‘‘Which creates better opportunities for youth.’’

‘‘Once we listen to what youth want we are all incredibly proactive in the community so it is a matter of going out and executing it.’’

One of their first schemes was a summer orchard workforce project.

The group had worked with the Kahu Youth Trust to coordinate a wraparound service that would include providing transport and supervisors so about 100 local young people could have the opportunity to do some seasonal work on an orchard in Cromwell.

Mrs Fox said the transport cost was free to the young people with the employer paying half of the transport cost, and the group would be fundraising for the remaining costs.

Extra supervisors would also be on hand to help and support the young people.

The young people would be divided into two teams, one aged 16-19 and the other team aged from 19-25. They would all be paid full wages.

Mrs Fox said there would be pickup spots in Wanaka and surrounding areas.

The aim was to provide young people with learning and inspiration so they understood more of what the horticultural industry had to offer.

This year was a pilot scheme but they were hoping to develop it as a longer term project.

‘‘We are building the framework so that next year other orchards will be able to copy our framework.’’

People could email uppercluthagsd@gmail.com  for further details or to give visit

www.pledgeme.co.nz/projects/6740-upper-clutha-youth-work-force

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