Youth on learning curve

Tokomairiro High School pupil Tony Powick (15) moves a supersize "Jenga" block, watched by Queens...
Tokomairiro High School pupil Tony Powick (15) moves a supersize "Jenga" block, watched by Queens High School pupil and student committee member Hannah Vickers, at Volunteer Otago's stall at the Dunedin Youth Expo yesterday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Nearly 1000 Otago pupils are learning how to remain physically, mentally, spiritually and socially healthy at Dunedin's annual youth expo, which started yesterday.

The two-day event, aimed at year 10 pupils, was moved this year to the Edgar Centre from the Town Hall, giving it more space and seating for pupils, steering committee co-chairwoman Pene Morris said.

In its seventh year, the expo featured 26 stalls, including Public Health South, Fire Service, Family Planning, Sport Otago and Volunteer Otago, plus performances by singer Anna Macdonald and kapa haka groups.

The aim was to promote resiliency, urge young people to seek help and help them make positive choices when challenged.

Thirteen schools and training organisations were participating in the two-day event.

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