In February, Netsafe welcomed and inducted our newest Youth Action Squad (YAS) members. Our YAS is a cornerstone of Netsafe’s strategy to support young people as it helps equips young people with the skills and opportunities to plan youth-led initiatives, lead product and campaign design and enact positive change in their communities around the online safety issues that affect them.
In February, 13 inspiring young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand officially joined our YAS when they attended our onboarding day kindly hosted by Google HQ in Auckland.
As a welcome to the programme, Netsafe invited YAS members to a leadership workshop facilitated by YMCA’s Raise Up programme, followed by an introduction to their first exciting project this year: developing a YAS Toolkit for young leaders in schools across the motu to use.
Since then, YAS members have met regularly online, making content decisions and briefing graphic designers, copywriters and web developers, to bring their idea from brainstorm to product launch in just 5 months, supported by funding from the Ministry of Education.
In May, the YAS group came together in-person once more to receive media training from Netsafe’s trusted advisors at Boyd PR, preparing their key messaging and honing their interview schools, so that they can lead the public launch of their mahi.
Netsafe are excited to see the culmination of this hard work and the impacts it can make for learners in schools nationwide from July 2023. We’re proud to welcome another group of dedicated and inspiring YAS members bringing their insights and passion – and ready to make a difference!
TO ALL OF OUR NEW YAS MEMBERS, THANK YOU AND WELCOME ABOARD!
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The YAS programme is currently in secondary schools around the country from up in Kerikeri all the way down to Gore! If you’re interested in joining the YAS contact our Education team on [email protected]