Help at hand for rangatahi

Publish Date : 13 Jul 2022

Rangatahi youth scholarships are again being offered by the Manurewa Local Board to young people with leadership potential.

Scholarships to a maximum of $2000 for academic and trades purposes are available to 14 to 24-year-olds, with applications closing on 15 August.

Last year 20 scholarships were awarded, and Board chair Joseph Allan says those granted funds have pursued careers in architecture, Māori studies, medicine, nursing and other academic fields, but also for help with trades training.

“At a time when we are all aware of a cost-of-living crisis, having a bit of support available could make all the difference to some of our young people, especially in a community that does not always have ready access to spare cash,” board member Anne Candy says

Decisions on who is awarded the scholarships are always made with the advice of the Manurewa Youth Council.

“It’s important we have their input into decisions that will affect other rangatahi, especially when receiving a grant might be the difference between going on to study or not,” Candy says.

“Youth council members have always provided us with great advice. Our young people need our support, and it is a pleasure to stand with them.”

Funding can also be used to attend events to develop leadership skills, with the board committed to making the programme as open as possible.

“We are also interested in people’s potential to return something to their communities. We will back those who volunteer or want to gain skills to do so in future,” Candy says.

Applicants must use funds in 2023 to move into education and training or attend New Zealand events based on leadership and development, have a genuine connection to the  board area, be citizens or residents, and have shown leadership potential or a willingness to help others.

Assessments take place soon after applications close, with scholarships announced in September. All applications must be completed online, more information here.

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