Congratulations Cr Fenn

LETTER

Karen Fenn campaigned on bringing to council a new voice and vision, particularly in creating and supporting opportunities for youth, and on Friday you and the team at Activate Tairawhiti delivered — which is not something the general public expects to happen. Congratulations on the graduations of many young people in the Licence to Work programme and the support given by employers, school facilitators, voluntary providers and whanau.

You have proven again that when young people are given a chance, coached and supported; more often than not they perform to expectations and sometimes beyond.

Unlike many naysayers who see nothing but doom and gloom when they encounter youth, I see potential. It amuses me that many who make comments on social and other media have inflated opinions about their historical cohort and their own abilities at that age.

Personally, experiencing over five decades of working with young people, coming off another seven with my own cohort, the things that have changed are often superficial; music, haircuts, tattoos, piercings etc. Shitty attitudes, testing boundaries, lack of work ethic at the less-achieving end have always been there. And there have always been well-rounded individuals who have been lucky enough to benefit from good all-round “village” support.

I have never met a young person without a talent and on Friday there was a celebration of those whose talents were brought to the fore. Well done team.

Geoff Meade

Karen Fenn campaigned on bringing to council a new voice and vision, particularly in creating and supporting opportunities for youth, and on Friday you and the team at Activate Tairawhiti delivered — which is not something the general public expects to happen. Congratulations on the graduations of many young people in the Licence to Work programme and the support given by employers, school facilitators, voluntary providers and whanau.

You have proven again that when young people are given a chance, coached and supported; more often than not they perform to expectations and sometimes beyond.

Unlike many naysayers who see nothing but doom and gloom when they encounter youth, I see potential. It amuses me that many who make comments on social and other media have inflated opinions about their historical cohort and their own abilities at that age.

Personally, experiencing over five decades of working with young people, coming off another seven with my own cohort, the things that have changed are often superficial; music, haircuts, tattoos, piercings etc. Shitty attitudes, testing boundaries, lack of work ethic at the less-achieving end have always been there. And there have always been well-rounded individuals who have been lucky enough to benefit from good all-round “village” support.

I have never met a young person without a talent and on Friday there was a celebration of those whose talents were brought to the fore. Well done team.

Geoff Meade

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Cheanne Johnson - 15 days ago
Congratulations Karen Fenn and Activate Tairawhiti.