Young people doing great things: James and Ishan, St.John's College

We’ve decided to regularly feature a couple of young people doing awesome stuff. The first is Ishan Parmar and James Barr, who protested bad conditions at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison and others around the country, by locking themselves in a metal cage in Hastings’ City Centre for four hours.

James and Ishan are part of an award-winning Young Enterprise scheme, partnering with young prisoners from the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison to create and sell high-end wooden platters. Money raised goes towards the Leg-Up Trust.

Ishan Parmar and James Barr of St. John’s College protest prisoner conditions in Hastings City Centre, 2019.

Ishan Parmar and James Barr of St. John’s College protest prisoner conditions in Hastings City Centre, 2019.

This action is great because it’s a positive social outcome - highlighting the plight of prisoners - and eventually got the support of their principal as well. We’re currently looking at ways we can support more positive youth leadership examples in Aotearoa New Zealand like this one, potentially through an award or competition. Watch this space!