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Author inspired by contribution of young people to their communities

Nov 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

WHCipWHETHER you’re a high-flyer or a high school dropout, there’s nothing stopping you from being someone.

That’s what Wellington-based author and public speaker Wheldon Curzon-Hobson’s (right) latest project is all about.

His plan is to put together a book written by youth in Wellington region.

It will be a collection of stories about how young people are contributing to their communities and environment.

Mr Curzon-Hobson was inspired by stories from the young people he had met in his area and their passion to make a difference.

He felt they had not been recognised for their contributions.

“I had no idea there were such extraordinary people doing amazing things around the place. You read it in the papers but there’s only a limited amount of space in the paper,” said Mr Curzon-Hobson.

“So I thought, imagine a book with these stories of young people. How they’re changing their communities and living their dreams, inspiring other young people to achieve really amazing things.”

Mr Curzon-Hobson said that when people hear stories, they start to think they can also do something and if he can get the stories out there then maybe other young people will be inspired to make a change.

He said some stories are about young professionals who have made their way into high-powered positions and are now using their skills to create resources for other young people.

Other stories are about teenagers who have dropped out of school, gone through a rebellious stage, and have made the decision to make something of themselves through youth work in the community.

The book is due to be released in March 2014 and anyone wanting to contribute their own story can do it through www.ystories.org.

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