An expo of services and groups available to Central Otago’s youth will take place later this year.

The initiative is a first for Alexandra and District Youth Trust, which will host the event on August 26 at The Cellar Door.

Some groups had already registered their intention to have a stall, but more spaces were still available, youth coach Deb Drake said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your service or group for the young people of Central Otago to experience what you have to offer, so get the creative juices flowing on how to best engage the young people attending.”

She said the event would take place every second year, and its aim was to benefit people aged between 10 and 24.

The expo will run from 10am to 3pm for school groups and will also feature a later session from 3pm to 9pm so the wider community can attend.

Dr Damian Scarf, head of the Adolescent Behaviour and Child Development Lab at the University of Otago, will attend as guest speaker.

“The current focus of Damian’s research is positive youth development in high-school students and alcohol consumption in university students.”

The event has been a work in progress throughout the year.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for us to be able to showcase those industries and activities that might be of interest to young people,” Mrs Drake said.

Youth Base manager Sharleen Stirling said there were a range of aspects she was looking forward to, but experiencing the atmosphere on the day would be among the highlights.

She said the idea was to help people “discover new things” available to them within the community.

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