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Youth Employment


Chief Executive Officer

Jen is originally from Scotland and been in New Zealand for 14 years working in several leadership/management roles in health, not-for-profit, local authority and education sectors.

Jen has extensive experience in the public health, health promotion and community/youth development sector

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Employment Manager (YEP-R)

My name is Chris Cookson and I am the Youth Employment Plus Rotorua (YEP R) manager at the Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust. I work alongside the Youth Worker/Navigators and our Employment Broker in the YEP R team to support our rangatahi into mahi.

I was born and bred in Rotorua (Rotokawa) and am Te Arawa (Ngati Uenukukopako and Ngati Rangiteaorere) on my fathers side and Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa and Ngai Tahu ki Murihiku on my mothers.

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Youth Workplace Opportunities Broker

Kia ora! I’m Deb!

I am the Youth Workplace Opportunities Broker with the Youth Employment Plus – Rotorua team.

I believe that Youth are our future and my passion is supporting our local rangatahi.

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Youth Worker - Navigator

Hi I’m Kirsty!

I am a Youth Worker Navigator at the Youth Centre and I am here to support and empower rangatahi by assisting, mentoring and coaching them on their journey into employment or study .. or where ever they want to go! As well as assisting young people on their journey, I facilitate our hospitality programmes including Barista and cooking.

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Youth Navigator

Ko Kakanui te maunga

Ko Matariwa te punawai

Ko Tauira mai Tawhiti te waka

Ko Te Kaha te Marae

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Te Hoi

Youth Navigator

Kia ora! My name is Te Hoi!

Ko Ngaati Tuwharetoa me Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi ngaa iwi. Ko Ngaati Tutemohuta me Ngaati Rangi ngaa hapu.

My role is a Youth Navigator, to support and empower rangatahi by mentoring and coaching them to follow their pathway whether it be employment or studying.

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Ko Matawhaura te Maunga, Ko Rotoiti te Roto, Ko Ngati Rongomai te Hapu, Ko Te Arawa te Waka, Ko Te Arawa te Iwi

KIA ORA! Im Janey! I am born and breed in Rotorua and have a passion for supporting our local Rangatahi.

I started with RYC in 2020 facilitating the mates and dates programme in local high schools, supporting and encouraging young people to have healthy relationships.

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