2017 is the inaugural year of OMGTech!'s Mana Tangata - Youth Leadership programme. Twenty young technology leaders were selected from decile one and two schools around Aotearoa. We based the selection criteria at ensuring more young people in these communities take up 21st century skills. The programme started in April 2017 and will conclude in April 2018.
We kicked off with an interactive training and group process skills workshop. Then we paired each kid with a mentor who is currently working in the science and technology sector.
The mentors are there to empower the students, help them develop core leadership skills as well as learning with them about a tech field of their choice. They will help them outline their long-term aims for themselves and their communities and work with them to determine the steps they need to take to get there.
OMGTech! will also provide the platform & resources for the leaders, as part of the programme, to set up a technology focused initiative within their local communities, such as at a library, Marae, school or community centre. This will be a student led initiative that will feedback into the community the leadership and tech skills that the youth has gained during the programme.