March 2017: The fund was to support up to 10 initiatives of $5,000 each. The Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group submitted an initiative to host a two day workshop, including a trip to Whakaari/White Island, to increase opportunities for youth in Civil Defence Emergency Management and was approved a grant in October 2016.
The workshop is to be held in Whakatāne on the 8th and 9th of April 2017 and will provide 20 year 12 and/or 13 students a chance to discover how Civil Defence Emergency Management operates and manages hazards within New Zealand and specifically the Bay of Plenty. This workshop will include a chance for students to learn about hazards, personal preparedness, and how their local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group works to keep communities safe.
Participants will also have an incredible opportunity to experience how it all fits together to ensure impacts from hazards are minimised through an interactive tour across Whakaari/White Island with both staff from the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and GNS Science.
Applications are open for year 12 and/or 13 students who have a passion for working in their community and who would like to learn more about Civil Defence Emergency Management to attend this workshop. Other eligibility criteria for the selection of successful candidates includes them residing in the Bay of Plenty; being available for both days of the workshop; and it is desirable if they are studying geography or social studies at school and are involved in community groups such as youth councils or cadet corps.
The applications are open until 5pm Monday 6th March 2016 and successful applicants will be notified no later than the 13th March 2017.
Please find the advertisement poster distributed to schools and community groups attached. For more information visit www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz/exercise-whakaari/