A desire to support young people

For Kered Taylor this year is another important step in pursuing a career supporting young people.

Kered first became involved with Family Works and our YouthGrow youth development programme in 2017. She connected with Family Works while completing a six-month work-ready programme with Task Force Green.

Kered was 17 years old when she became involved in YouthGrow youth development and the Stepping Stones programme in South Dunedin. Stepping Stones is a day activity for adults living with mental health challenges.

The time working alongside Family Works confirmed for Kered that she is keen to persue a career assisting young people to succeed and to grow.

“My aim is to be able to work with young people who have alcohol or drug addiction, or who are in the youth justice system. Looking back, I just want to give back to young me, and help a young person before they get to the point I was then.’’

Kered’s involvement with Family Works increased last year. She completed a Certificate in Youth Development with training organisation, Praxis. Being part of the team at YouthGrow was the practical part of Kered’s studies.

A highlight for Kered was when she was one of 20 young people awarded the Prime Minister’s Oranga Tamariki Award (previously called the William Wallace Award) at the end of last year. The award honours outstanding young people who have come out of care and helps them pursue their dreams of tertiary, vocational or leadership training.

Kered was a winner in the tertiary category and won $3,000 towards her studies. She travelled to Wellington to spend a day with the other winners, meet the Prime Minister and receive her award.

Kered is continuing her studies this year, working towards a Level 6 Diploma in Youth Development. She remains part of the team at YouthGrow and Stepping Stones, and is becoming involved in community development work in South Dunedin.

All the best with your studies Kered, and thanks for being part of our team!