Youths have an eye for design

(From left) Jinnette Pickford, Danielle Carson and Geraldo Miranda are behind a design and make-your-own t-shirt event held for Youth Week. Photo: Supplied

FOR the first time, Youthline Southland is partnering with Northbound and Ara Taiohi to
give away 100 free t-shirts designed by young people for Youth Week, May 7-15.

Youth between the ages of 12 to 24 years old can submit their t-shirt designs through their social media event page or to Southland Community House, 47 Kelvin St, Invercargill, before May 10.

A panel of four judges will select the top four designs which will then be pre-cut and ready for the May 13 event.

As part of the event, young people were invited to gather at Southland Community House to choose their favourite design, pick a t-shirt and watch the process of the designs being printed.

Youthline Southland community development manager Geraldo Miranda said the designs could incorporate a short phrase, quote or drawing.

‘‘For this year we want young people to show us ‘what means the world to them or what inspires them?’.’’

The activity and event was a way to display the overall theme of Youth Week, he said.

‘‘For Youth Week the main theme is ‘Our voices matter, and we deserve to be heard’ and what we are trying to do with the t-shirts is get them to design it and have their voices heard through fashion.’’

He was looking forward to the event and could not wait to meet young people within the area, he said.

‘‘It will be a fun day where youth can come and get to know more about Youthline and how we can support them, there will also be kai [food] and they can come and choose their t-shirts.’’