Rangatahi to Rangatira Carterton
Rangatahi to Rangatira Carterton (or R2R) is a youth organisation that is currently in its 5th year. They aim to develop young people in Carterton through regular workshops, weekend outings, and leadership training. All young people between 10 - 24 are welcome to attend. One of their outcomes is "to see young people more involved in the Carterton community, and more aware of political, social, and environmental changes that are happening."
They currently meet every Wednesday night at the Carterton Youth Centre between 5.30pm - 7.30pm. During this time they cook a meal together, play sport, plan upcoming events, and contribute to community projects. They regularly have 30 youth attending. Carterton does not have a public high school, so R2R is a place where youth can hang out and meet new people within their community.
R2R is run by youth for youth: events are structured around the ideas that young people have, and are led by young leaders in the community. R2R has given Carterton's youth a real sense of belonging and pride. Our young people feel proud to be involved in the planning of major events such as the Carterton Colour Run, and feel valued as members of the community.
Some of their past projects include:
Rubbish and town cleanups
Environmentally focussed wananga
Carterton Colour Run
Starting the Community Garden, and learning to grow food from it
Christmas parcels for community kids
Engaging with Youth workshops to local government & youth workers
To see R2R's latest projects, follow their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/r2rcarterton