Who are we?
Coach: Abi Symes
Abi is super passionate about working with young people, making change and bringing the community together. She’s also super excited to be a coach for this years Future Leaders programme, and knows it’s gonna be awesome!
Johnelle has been based in Palmerston North for only 2 years and has done anything she could to get involved in the community and is often at local events MCing or enjoying the entertainment. She loves exploring places, meeting new people & trying new things and is focused on creating a better future for the generations to come. Johnelle works for More FM & has her own coaching business where she runs a programme for Youth helping them to create Leadership within their lives. Johnelle is also part of BBBS as a Big Sister Mentor, and is also a judge & mentor for The Young Enterprise Scheme Manawatu.
Leah works at Just Zilch, a charity focused on rescuing surplus food and providing it to those in need. She is also studying Te Reo Maori at Te Wananga and co-runs Manawatu’s support group for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Manawatu Support. She is a leader at St Albans youth group and is very passionate about social justice and environmental responsibility. Leah wants everyone in New Zealand (and beyond) to live with hope and joy, and to have access to whatever support they need.
Sarah is a Year 13 student at St Peters College Palmerston North. She is the Chairperson Palmerston North Youth Council and is very passionate about youth engagement. Sarah is determined to make positive change for youth in her community particularly in the area of mental health. Sarah also sees herself as a Global Citizen.
Samir is a full-time student in Palmerston North studying ICT at UCOL. He’s grown up to feel more ‘at home’ in Palmerston North than ever before with the many blessings he’s had to serve in his community through tech, DJing, and teaching. In the future, Samir’s dream is to work at Google or another tech giant and revolutionise technology for positive impacts in our world. He believes that youth deserve to know for themselves that their opinions should be counted and are important in shaping OUR world.
"Age restrictions may face the men and women of our future, but there are many loopholes to discover in our system that we can make the most of to provide fresh opinions contributing to a stronger sense of democracy in the decisions our world’s leaders make each and everyday."