69 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, Taranaki, 4310


Luke Galley


Empowering Young Leaders’ Day 2023

Zeal Taranaki would like to build on the impact of our previous Youth Week events and run another Empowering Young Leaders’ Day. This year’s event will focus on inspiring and equipping young high school students from across Taranaki through a practical and inspirational day full of speakers, activities and live performances around the theme of Leaders of tomorrow? Leaders for today!.

The event will be designed, run and delivered by young people for young people in Taranaki. It will provide a platform and voice for young speakers and performers to inspire, motivate, challenge and entertain their peers, providing key leadership and youth development opportunities for all those involved. We have seen this event grow from strength to strength – every year this event has reached full capacity and sadly last year we had to turn down several schools as we did not have enough room to cater for the demand. This event has now become the highlight of our calendar!

The event will be held at Zeal’s youth facility – The Mayfair, numbers will be capped at 250 (seated capacity) and schools will be able to register on a first in first serve basis once again:
• Four speakers, some as young as 15, will inspire young people through their own personal stories, motivating and equipping Taranaki rangatahi with practical and experienced based tools that they can apply to their own lives. Their stories are aimed at showing young people they have a voice and that you are never ‘too young’ to help bring about positive change/transformation in your community and lead and inspire others.
• Each 25 minute speaker slot will be followed by a practical group activity. These activities will focus on sub-themes such as overcoming and perseverance.
• Young Taranaki performers will provide entertainment for the crowd after each activity and during lunchtime. Performances will include a band, two guitarists, two hip hop dance crews, a rapper and a kapa haka group.
• 24 young people (including 11 alternative education students) will be involved in the planning, promotion and implementation of the event.

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