Whangarei Girls High Health Expo

The YWCA Whangarei not only proved safe accomodation, they work closely with young women in their community to help them build confidence and encourage financial independence through teaching financial literacy skills. 

Words by Crystal Stott, YWCA Whangarei Programme Coordinator

We were privileged to be invited to take part in Whangarei Girls High Schools very first Health Expo and wow, what an amazing day we had! The expo, held on the 15th June from, was put together by the year 12 students with the topic of discussion being health promotion campaigns.  We had a stall set up with information and talked about our Y-dub Body Confidence Workshop.

It was a very full on day with approximately 600 girls attending. From the expo we were very happy to see 137 young women signed up to be on our database to receive information about future YWCA events and workshops.

Crystal (left) with whangarei high school students 

Crystal (left) with whangarei high school students 

Some of the ideas that the girls shared around how they could change how society views images on social media were very impressive; one girl came up with the idea of only sharing photos without filters on her Facebook page.

I was also impressed with the knowledge and thoughts that were shared around body image. One of the group's discussion turned to how they could change their perception of what it is to be 'beautiful'. One of the ideas mentioned was to have a big photo board full of all the students at school doing an activity or something that they loved with the word beautiful written in the middle. It was an inspiring discussion to say the least.

Well done Whangarei Girls High School for a fun and informative day.

- Crystal

The YWCA Whangarei are approaching their 100th year. To find out more about their history and current programmes on offer, head over to their page