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2023 Youth Search and Rescue programme

Elmarie Els —

Kia ora  

Applications for the 2023 Youth Search and Rescue programme are now open for 14 to 16-year-old students (14 yrs by 1 February 2023). Applications close 30 September 2022. 

Youth Search and Rescue is a 3-year programme which involves weekly classroom styled learning followed by weekend adventure-based education in the outdoors to implement the new skills gained. We train, mentor and develop our rangatahi to become New Zealand's next generation of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management volunteers.

We are the recognised youth training organisation for the national search and rescue and emergency response agencies in New Zealand.

We have a clear emphasis on the importance of understanding Kaupapa Māori, diversity, citizenship and technology and innovation. Our students have strengths in practical and/or academic achievements and are from all backgrounds.   

Students gain: 

•Outdoor education skills, survival, leadership and team capability and confidence 

•STEM competencies and NZQA qualifications to complement in-classroom learning 

•Opportunity for community engagement and contribution – either voluntary or career 

•Achievement of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards  

•Advanced environmental sustainability and flora and fauna awareness. 

More information and the application forms can be found on our website www.YSAR.nz. We would be immensely grateful if you would promote this opportunity to your students and forward this material to your Year 9, 10 and 11 Deans and appropriate PE Outdoor Ed/Vocational Guidance staff.  

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Image by: Elmarie Els