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Taiohi-Taiao/Youth Jam

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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.

Please return completed student applications to by Thursday 29 March.

Student Application Form (PDF, 234KB)

Information for Students (PDF, 306KB)

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!

Youth Jam 2015Benefits 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,have been sent to all schools
  • 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

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For any enquiries about this event

Please contact
Natalie Ridler
Community Engagement Advisor
Ph. 0800 884 880 extn. 7152  
Mob. 021 190 7152 

Teachers interested in attending can also apply to participate. We have limited spaces for teachers and these will be allocated by ballot if oversubscribed

Student Application Form (PDF, 234KB)

Information for Students (PDF, 306KB)



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.