Who are you and what do you love?
Kia ora, ko Georgia Johnson toku ingoa. I am an enthusiastic, strong willed and passionate wahine, born and bred in Tāmaki Makaurau. I love to activate the inner potential, shine and greatness in people. I believe in people and I believe in my growing generation’s potential. In my spare time I love to venture out in nature, follow mindful activities, surfing and connecting with like-minded individuals because it expands my mind and perspectives.
What's your job at StandTall?
I am a youth programme facilitator. I deliver StandTall entrepreneurship and digital capability workshops and events, and I also coordinate the activities for the Young Enterprise Scheme for our region. I work closely with students and our youth to bring their ideas to life, and I help them get what they need from our broader community by connecting them to mentor from our business community.
What’s your journey to get this job and what skills do you bring/ are developing in this role?
My career so far stems from a deep interest for wellness and health, which has taken me to support young individuals and their growth in the construction industry. Since this human resources experience, supporting youth carving their own paths in that specific sector, I then discovered a passion to support youth being the best they can be. i made the move to the bay of plenty in 2021 and through meeting jay and mary at ara rau, i had the opportrunity volunteering at iba. so on the back of working with youth in recruitment, I became youth programme facilitator at StandTall. I now focus on wrapping the conditions for our youth to be successful on their discovery of the entrepreneurial journey.
What means the most to you when working with youth?
My vision within StandTall is to support our youth with wrap around support, to add value to their wairua, esteem, self confidence and in becoming profound leaders. I am inspired to see them develop as innovators and creators and be the change for generations to come. I wish to take action by guiding our students on their entrepreneurial journey, ensuring that I can support them to become work ready and world ready. What is external success without the internal triumph?
What's your biggest hope for the future?
I hope to take actions that are making an impact for my community. When I first heard about StandTall’s pathways approach, I instantly felt that there was something special and unique it, I said to myself “if only I had this kind of programme earlier in my life!”
I wish for a time when resourceful, independent thinking and creative solutions to challenges within our communities are the norm for all. To see young people expand their minds, get creative, build something for themselves and connect to something they truly want to do tells me we are on the path to that future.
I am excited to support their journey into building ventures, and along the way unlock so much potential within themselves.
The personal motto I live by and want to share with all youth I get to walk alongside: “take risks and go for it, seek and you shall find, be bright and always be you, and in the end, you shall rise"
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Stand Tall Community Trust
Creating the conditions for all youth to maximise their potential so that they can build the future they want to see.