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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 Navigator

Kia ora I’m Jay, YEP team Youth Navigator.

I joined the team in early 2020 and am proud to be working alongside like-minded people dedicated to supporting our youth.

I’ve worked in the careers and employment space for a few years and believe there’s so much more we can be doing to help peopl

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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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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

Kia orana, my name is G (Graham).

My family and I have recently moved to Rotorua from Flaxmere, Hawkes Bay. I have worked with tamariki and rangatahi in various roles as a Recreational Coordinator and Community Centre Manager. In my role I will support you into employment and help guide you towards your dream job.

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