As part of the project's commitment to recognise the work of our volunteers, whose dedication is relied upon, each team leader has been asked to nominate one outstanding volunteer for 2016. These volunteers will be showcased over the next four weeks.
I applied for the CJP Education team because I am passionate about the education of our young people, especially those who have less access to information and resources. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should have a right to rights education.
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Students should get involved with CJP because it is an amazing opportunity to learn new skills and make a difference in the community. The Rights Education Project (REP) allows you to connect with those in the community you may not ever have the chance to meet and it's a great way to get to know new and like-minded people at law school. The Know Your Rights project (KYR) is good for those creative thinkers who enjoy researching and producing practical material aimed at helping university students get ahead in Wellington.
The team leaders are super amazing and supportive which makes training and volunteering fun and easy. Volunteering with the CJP has been awesome and I definitely recommend it to any student who has an interest in social justice and helping others. It is fun, challenging, flexible with classes and, importantly, it makes a positive difference to people's lives.
These projects have taught me valuable skills that are transferable into every day life. Volunteering with the REP has helped me develop my public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills. They have benefited me personally and professionally. The KYR project has helped me develop the research skills I've been taught at law school and it has taught me how to work well in a bigger team.
I applied for the CJP Education team because I am passionate about the education of our young people, especially those who have less access to information and resources. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should have a right to rights education. The education team is so fantastic because it provides young people with positive role models and crucial knowledge. When I learnt that the REP focused on lower decile schools and those in need, I was especially keen to apply as I care about the interest of young Maori in these areas and just wanted to help out when I could. I applied for the KYR project this year because it allowed me to create something that would really help university students in a practical way.
Outside of law school and the CJP I enjoy spending time with family and friends, binge watching Netflix shows whilst eating pizza, travelling, live music, adult colouring-in books, volunteering at the local Community Law Centre and working there part-time (it's a fantastic place to work).
I plan to continue volunteering during my time here at law school and after I leave. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to experience volunteering for such a worthwhile cause. I have one more year before I have to get my (professional) life together so I intend to travel overseas for a few months over summer 2017 before I put on my adult pants on and get a proper job.
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