In August, Netsafe welcomed and inducted our newest Youth Action Squad (YAS) members. Our YAS is a cornerstone of Netsafe’s strategy to support young people as it helps equips young people with the knowledge and skills to spark discussion, plan initiatives, lead activities and enact positive change around the online safety issues that affect them.

NATIONWIDE KICK-OFF

On August 8, 33 inspiring young people from across New Zealand officially joined our YAS when they attended our virtual kick-off. They join our existing 35 YAS members based in Auckland.

As an introduction to the programme, Netsafe invited YAS members and their whānau to attend an information session where they learned more about Netsafe, the YAS programme and how whānau can support their young people within their new role.

Following this, all new YAS attended a training event that featured interactive sessions around the online safety themes relevant to young people and how the YAS can inspire, encourage and support their peers to make safer choices online. These sessions were run by our YAS Ambassadors and focused on building relationships within the Squad and developing online safety action plans for their schools using their new knowledge and skills.

Youth Action Squad members virtually training new YAS

During the training the energy and enthusiasm of our new YAS members shone through and they left feeling motivated and ready to step into their new role as online safety leaders within their schools, families, and communities.

Netsafe are excited to see the ideas they come up with to make the internet a safer place for those around them. We’re proud to welcome another group of dedicated and inspiring YAS members overflowing with bright ideas and keenness – and ready to make a difference.

TO ALL OF OUR NEW YAS MEMBERS, THANK YOU AND WELCOME ABOARD!

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

The YAS programme is currently in 32 secondary schools around the country from up in Kerikeri all the way down to Gore! If you’re interested in joining the YAS or having the programme in your school, please register your interest now. If you have any questions about the YAS, please email yas@netsafe.org.nz.