Prime Minister’s Youth Programme

The Prime Minister's Youth Programme (PMYP) is designed to foster and celebrate achievement for young people from Auckland aged 14 - 17 years, who are facing and managing challenges in their lives. For example, young people who have moved away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance and have made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes.

One hundred young people were given the opportunity to learn from high achieving New Zealanders in one of four structured week-long recreational and arts-based programmes, which ran from 20 to 24 January 2014 in Auckland. PMYP gave participants the opportunity to build positive relationships with their peers and connected them to organisations and mentors in their community.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme 2014

The programme was delivered by four providers; TYLA Trust, NZ Bluelight, Mangere East Family Service Centre and Village Community Services Trust.

Activities included a mud run, go-karting, cooking, and visiting the ballet. Participants took part in career workshops and inspirational speakers inspired them with their own stories. 

Below is a story about one young woman who spent the week on the programme and what it meant for her.

Daisy Foster's Story

Prime Ministers Youth Programme 2014. Daisy Foster with Minister Kaye and the Prime Minister.

When Daisy Foster was first told she was on the Prime Minister’s Youth programme she felt excited and nervous at the same time. Being on the programme has built her confidence and she’s been able to talk to more people than she thought she ever would.

“Everyone is really nice,” she says, “nicer than what I’d expected really.”

This week the Kelston Girls College student has been a part of TYLA Trust’s programme which is an all-girls group, focussing on food, fashion and recreation.

For Daisy the most valuable part of the week has been the Market to Table, chef’s experience at AUT University’s Four Seasons restaurant.

What captured Daisy were the stories shared by the guest speakers. She says it’s her dream to one day become a chef and travel the world so “hearing about what they’ve done in their lives and how they’ve become successful is really inspiring.”

This year Daisy is entering year 12 and her new found confidence will be really valuable.

TYLA’s Operations Manager for West Auckland, Jolene Cartwright, says they ask the girls to come back in March to present them with the hoodies they designed during the Saatchi and Saatchi workshop. “It’s a good way to keep in touch with the girls and let them know they can come back if they ever need it.”

Pictured above is beautiful and confident young woman Daisy Foster, receiving her Prime Minister’s Youth Programme certificate from Prime Minister John Key, and a gift bag from Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye.

Daisy says if she could offer one piece of advice to a young person who had the chance to be on the programme, she would say “Just go for it. It helps your social skills, it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime things and you’ll never be able to do something like it again.”