15-17 May, Ōhope Beach
Information for Schools
Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2018 is a free 3-day summit for Year 11-12 students in the Bay of Plenty and in 2018 will focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response. The key objective of the event is to train two students from every school in the region to become civil defence leaders for their school and wider community, and to obtain the knowledge, skills and support to ensure their schools are prepared for any emergency response situation.
Benefits for students
- Gaining relevant, real-world leadership skills with a key focus on raising awareness of civil defence at school and in the community
- Learning about disaster and emergency response processes and how they can take an active role should a disaster occur
- Making key connections with civil defence organisations and experts in the Bay of Plenty
- Meeting diverse new friends from across the region and learning in a fun, dynamic environment!
Benefits for schools and communities
- Every school will gain two trained and prepared civil defence leaders who are able to educate their peers and raise awareness of emergency response procedures
- The two students will receive ongoing support from Emergency Management Bay of Plenty to run scenario exercises, plan awareness campaigns and spread key civil defence messages
- Students will return to school with a clear understanding of community connections vital to emergency preparedness e.g. with other local and national organisations
- Students will bring back to their schools civil defence knowledge that is linked closely to key competencies in the NZ Curriculum
The key points your school needs to know
- Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam is an opportunity open to all Year 11 and 12 students, regardless of academic, sporting or existing leadership ability/experience
- Bay of Plenty Regional Council will cover the costs for students to attend this event, including transport to and from Ōhope Beach
- Students interested (or shoulder-tapped by staff) in attending Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam will be invited to apply. Two students from each school will be selected by a panel
- Further information packs, including registration/application paperwork, will be sent to all schools in the coming two weeks
- There is a clear expectation that each school will nominate a member of staff to support their two students post-event and commit to being the civil defence liaison person
For any enquiries about this event
Please contact Natalie Ridler – Community Engagement Advisor, BOPRC
Teachers interested in attending can also apply to participate. We have limited spaces for teachers and these will be allocated by ballot if oversubscribed
Linking to the curriculum
Youth Jam aims to give young people the opportunity to encourage a youth voice in planning for their local community. Teachers may choose to link Youth Jam activities to Achievement Standard credits in Biology, Geography, Social Studies and Education for Sustainability.